A Solo Show @ Southern Guild Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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 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
About Southern Guild: Southern Guild is recognised as the most significant platform for
collectible, limited edition South African design. Exhibiting at the best design fairs around the
world, and collaborating with leading global galleries and institutions, Southern Guild has
spearheaded the high-end design category in Africa.