May 2018 Exhibition „Paravent“ at Southern Guild Gallery Cape Town

Olaf Hajek: Paravent 25 April – 12 July 2018 Southern Guild and Whatiftheworld present a new solo show by Olaf Hajek, Paravent, at GUILD in Cape Town’s Silo District from 25 April to 12 July 2018. This is the internationally renowned German painter’s fourth solo show in Cape Town ...
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American Illustration 37 annual award

I am very happy that 2 of my paintings were selected to appear in the AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION 37 Annual Award Book. Thank you to this year Jury /// Damien Correll, Google; Jim Datz, The New York Times Op-Ed; Phoebe Flynn Rich, Rachel Ray Everyday; Alison Forner, Simon and Schuster; Na Kim, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Michael Mrak, Scientific American; and Ivylise Simones, WIRED ...
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Painting for Swiss Restaurant „Öpfelbom“

Die umgebaute Scheune und die üppig begrünte Gartenterrasse bilden die romantische Kulisse für das gute Essen im Öpfelbom. Hier paart sich die Karotte mit Portwein, das Rindsfilet mit Limettenbutter oder das Perlhuhn mit Calvados. So entstehen fantasievolle Gerichte, die man so schnell nicht vergisst ...
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25th of April///New Solo Exhibition at Southern Guild Gallery, Cape Town

"PARAVENT“ Southern Guild and Whatiftheworld present a new solo show by Olaf Hajek, Paravent, at GUILD in Cape Town’s Silo District from 25 April to 14 June 2018. This is the internationally renowned German painter’s third solo show in Cape Town. The 14 acrylic paintings in this new body of work depict still-lives, interiors, portraits and landscapes, whose theatricality is heightened by the recurring motif of a folding screen (“paravent” in French). “The screen creates its own mysterious space. Behind it, you find a hidden world but it also provides security and shelter,” Olaf explains. A technically perfect illustrator, he creates enchanting visual patterns, scenes and creative characters in which nature and artifice are intertwined. Olaf collects mental images everywhere he goes: on his travels, in magazines, or on the internet. African traditions, Indian temple art, South American folklore, and pop culture are all expressed in new ways in his almost surreal tableaux. He plays with motifs of flora and fauna, archaic symbols and current themes, working them all into his pieces in great detail and virbant colour. The works on show were all painted by Olaf during a recent residency in Cape Town, which he calls his “second home and addiction”. Grouped in pairs, they tell different stories that reference myths, folklore and dreams. The Big Globe, for example, is inspired by old taxidermied objects but here the birds have come to life as they try to escape the threat of a snake. In its partner painting, Departure, all the decorative elements come to life as they embark on an unknown journey. Southern Guild Gallery GUILD, Shop 5B, Silo 5 V&A Waterfront Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 2pm ...
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April 2018/// New York Times Book Review

"The Overview" by Richard Powers Trees do most of the things you do, just more slowly. They compete for their livelihoods and take care of their families, sometimes making huge sacrifices for their children. They breathe, eat and have sex. They give gifts, communicate, learn, remember and record the important events of their lives. With relatives and non-kin alike they cooperate, forming neighborhood watch committees — to name one example — with rapid response networks to alert others to a threatening intruder. They manage their resources in bank accounts, using past market trends to predict future needs. They mine and farm the land, and sometimes move their families across great distances for better opportunities. Some of this might take centuries, but for a creature with a life span of hundreds or thousands of years, time must surely have a different feel about it ...
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Whisky Glas for Ritzenhoff

Exclusive Design for the 25th Anniversary of Ritzenhoff ...
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Weihnachtskarte für Ralf Schmitz Immobilien

Weihnachtskarte mit dem Hausprojekt Leo-Blech-Platz// Berlin Grunewald ...
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Tropical Bouquet

Unpublished Design for Textile Company ...
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November 2017// „STERN“ Uhrenspezial

Bird Illustrations for Stern Magazine // Stern Extra Uhren ...
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October 2017/// „Gärtnerinnen“

Mounted and framed Edition Print available at http://www.charisschwarz.de/ ...
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October 2017/// Book Illustration „Demain entre tes Mains“

Book project by Actes Sud Junior and Costume 3 Pieces ...
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September 2017 /// Ecology of Lyme

Poster for the University of Maine ...
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„AU MARCHÉ“

A Solo Show @ Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery Berlin 02 September - 30 September 2017 ...
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Powerful People for EDISON Magazine

EDISON MAGAZINE / Handelsblatt / Susan Sarandon, Elon Musk, Leonardo de Caprio ...
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Saving Hawaii’s bees

Illustration for American Way Magazine ...
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Portrait of the Artist Wanda Raimundi Ortiz

Portrait Illustration for University of Central Florida's Magazine ...
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JULY 2017////My Poster for RADIO FLYER at LÜRZERS ARCHIV

I did one of the posters for the amazing campaign for RADIO FLYER ...
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Limited Edition Print „Precious“

"Precious Plant" Limited Signed Edition // Hahne Mühle Fine Art Print (Edition of 15) 50x34cm : € 350 (plus shipping and 7% VAT for Orders in Europe) 80x58cm: € 680 (plus shipping and 7% VAT for Orders in Europe) ...
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July 2017///Art in Progress

Working for my upcoming exhibition ...
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Summer 2017 /// TUI Cruiseship

Original Paintings for Luxury Suites for new TUI Cruiseship ...
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Goethe Institut

Poster for Goethe Institut Wien "Deutschland und Österreich kennenlernen" ...
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26/5/17////Groupshow -/+ Bikini Berlin/// in Collaboration with Galerie Kleindienst

I will participate at this Groupshow, curated by Erik Swars ...
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Mellow Mushroom

Artwork for funky Menu of the American Pizza Chain ...
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Mai 2017// Cover Cicero Magazin

Wilhelm von Humboldt  "Der liberale Rebell" ...
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Leolux Yearbook

Spring 2017 // Yearbook 2017/18 of the Dutch Furniture Company ...
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April/ May 2017// „Precious“

My new Monograph from Distanz Publishers, Berlin ...
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April 2017 // Die Zeit

Titelthema Schönheit ...
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