16 March - 30 April 2016
Olaf Hajek’s work is an exploration of the liminal space between imagination and reality in the context of western cultures. His intricate painterly compositions are rendered in acrylic on board and embrace influences as diverse as folklore, mythology, religion, history, and cartographic imagery.
Using distressed and exquisitely fine mark making to create rich surface patinas, Hajek explores wonder, heroic acts, hallucinations, and fairytale motifs, by relocating and recombining dreamlike versions of reality he imbeds his imagery within new and mystical connotative frameworks.
Through juxtaposes the human figure with an incandescent kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, Hajek’s surreal tableaux’s speculate on humanities fragile relationship with nature and its cycles of birth and death.
Olaf Hajek is an internationally renowned and sought-after illustrator and visual artist and has, through countless works, developed his personal and frequently awarded style .His stylistically unique work can be seen in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vogue as well as on stamps for Great Britain’s Royal Mail. His personal work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Hamberg, Berlin, Atlanta and Cape Town.
Cavalli Wine Estate will kindly be providing wine for the reception, on the 16th of March from 18h00 until 20h30.