Today we catch up with painter Olaf Hajek, and discover what motivates and inspires his breath taking work.
Tell us about yourself…
“I am a painterly illustrator with a penchant for hardcore fantasy and melancholic beauty. I revel in the complex simplicity of folklorish imagery, while at the same time addressing the heady issues of race and youth.”
Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
“Aesthete; impatience; mind traveller.”
When did you start painting?
“I started to paint as a kid. I got a ‘painting by numbers’ box from my grandmother, but instead of using the numbered backgrounds I used the paint for my own creations.”
What inspires you?
“I was always inspired and touched by the imperfection of beauty and the power of simplicity. That’s why I love African and South American folk art, and Indian miniatures.”
Could you explain the image you have chosen?
“I’ve chosen a painting from my new exhibition ‘STILL LIFE’. The Title of this work is ‘CAGE’ and it shows a wonderful collection of wild things jailed in a cage.”
To see more of Olaf Hayek’s paintings, visit his website, or follow him on Facebook.