Ole Aakjær (born 1962) has gained recognition as the one of the leading artist from Denmark.
His artwork – done in watercolor and ink in large scale formats shows his unique signature figurative style creating portraits of men and women with multilayered symbolism revealing inspiration from by music, literature, films and photographs.
The natural imperfections the artistic process leaves behind in the highly structured compositions form a colorful highly imaginative narrative.
Aakjær´s imagery shifts in time and space, and requiring close attention to the details.
Ole Aakjær has had 40 acclaimed and sold exhibitions throughout Denmark as well as in New York City, Paris, Montreal, Switzerland where he has established a strong collector base and reputation.
Watercolor which has a life of its own, leaves behind imperfections, like scars on the skin, and add to the uniqueness and humanity of each piece.
This complexity deepens the dramatic effect put forward by the artist with his use of abundant colorful hues and hidden symbolism, creating daring female portraits that cannot be forgotten.
These highly structured compositions unravel an entire world before us, one filled with hidden messages. Like a map, the artwork guides us through the multilayered symbolism-laden in each individual piece. Aakjaer portrays mysterious women that are sensual, alluring and untamed. Her piercing gaze is daring the viewer to uncover her secrets.
Like constellations, Aakjaer’s artwork shift in time and space, and require close attention to be unveiled by our own imagination. This is his first solo exhibition in the United States.
Chase Contemporary is located at 231 10th Ave in New York City.
About the Artist
Ole Aakjær is a Danish artist born in 1962 who has been painting since he was able to hold a brush. The works are primarily executed using watercolor and ink on paper, often in very large formats. Aakjær affixes his hues and combines them with an apparent ease, and his works appear with a force and presence full of passion and power, leaving the spectators in admiration. The main represented themes are some of the most used in the history of art: the beautiful young woman. In his case, she is complex, fearless and photogenic. Aakjær examines the female face as a gateway to the soul.
Although she courageously meets the eyes of the spectator with energy and obstinacy, her inner life and secrets remain intact. Her body is tattooed with texts and characters, which adds meanings and leads to questioning. A map of the world, a root system that spreads over the neck and face, a patterned circle recalling a mandala, thus making the world gravitate around the woman’s face. We can also recognize a subtle influence from the world of advertising and graphic design, observing the margins of framing and the presence of oversized keywords in certain artwork. Aakjær has won numerous awards and competitions and has gained notoriety as a man of ideas, artist and painter. His last 24 exhibitions have all been a success, with every single piece sold.
About Chase Contemporary
Chase Contemporary is an art gallery and artist project space with two prominent locations in Chelsea, New York’s fine art district. Chase’s core program is to exhibit both established blue chip artists and emerging artists, to create a dynamic program that is diverse and provocative in its vision.