Danish artist Ole Aakjær (born 1962) has been drawing and painting since he was able to hold a pencil.
Originally, Aakjær’s dream was to work and develop as an artist within the cartoon medium. He was especially fascinated and intrigued by the experimental parts of the cartoon scene that unfolded in the late 1980s. Among sources of inspiration at the time were Jean Giraud (Moebius), Milo Manara, Enki Bilal and many more.
In the mid-1980s, a collection of work by the artist was accepted by the publishing company Carlsen who at that time was the leading cartoon publishing company in Denmark. Ole Aakjær was later on trained as an illustrator and ran his own design office for a good period of years from 1992 onwards.
Aakjær has won a wide range of competitions and distinctions and gained recognition as an innovator, designer and especially as an artist, and he can look back at a number of sold out exhibitions. His creative work is always performed in watercolor and tusch on paper - often in very large scale formats.
Previously, he has experimented with acrylic and oil but it is on the turbulent ocean of the watercolor that he excels. His signature vibrant style with women with multilayered symbolism revealing their secrets are inspired by music, literature, films and photographs. The natural imperfections the artistic process leaves behind in the highly structured compositions unravel a very special world of wonder and admiration. Beauty and hidden messages. Aakjær portrays strong women that are sensual, alluring and untamed. Like constellations, Aakjær´s artwork shift in time and space, and require close attention to be unveiled by our own imagination.
Despite his short time within the art business Ole Aakjær has already had more than 35 exhibitions in Denmark and abroad and the list of collectors wishing to get hold on a watercolor piece by the succesful artists is growing by numbers week after week. As of today Aakjær is represented in collections in New York City, Paris, Montreal, Switzerland and Denmark.
For more info visit the artists website: www.oleaakjaer.dk