Ole Aakjaer

(b. 1962)

“Although my art almost always depicts women, they are self-portraits. I express my sensitivity, my psyche, my quest, my anguish and my thoughts in the pieces.” 
— Ole Aakjær

Ole Aakjær is best known for his large-format, highly symbolic works that celebrate the power of women. The distinctive, figurative paintings rely on bold colors and iconography to convey sentiments of empathy, while simultaneously exploring the complexity and strength of their subjects. Ornate ink work comes into play as tattoos are often sprawled across bodies of the figures and various texts inspired by music, literature, film, and religion are meticulously applied with ink.

Influenced by comic book writers and artists such as Milo Manara, Enki Bilal, and Jean Giraud, in the mid-1980's, Aakjær fulfilled a childhood dream by publishing an album at Carlsen, Denmark's premier comic book publisher at the time, and went on to operate an illustration studio in 1992. After decades working in advertising and design, Aakjær pivoted to the production of fine art and turned to watercolor painting in 2014. With a nod to his previous career in adversing, his use of oversized keywords, and large scale watercolors are distinctive and unique to the artist. The delicate nature of combining watercolor and ink leaves a tiny margin for error, and the artist's desired result must be achieved upon the first application. In many respects, the instantaneous nature of the mixed mediums is where the poetry in Ole Aakjær’s work lies.

Ole Aakjær was born in Denmark. He has had solo exhibitions at Vejle Kunstmuseum, Denmark, Diocesan Museum, Italy, Galerie LeRoyer, Canada, Chinese Contemporary Art Museum, Chongqing, and Chase Contemporary, New York. Aakjær lives and works in Copenhagen. 

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The Race
The Race
The Race
The Race

2022

2022

2022

2022

Ink and watercolor on paper
24 x 13 in (60.96 x 33.02 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
24 x 13 in (60.96 x 33.02 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
24 x 13 in (60.96 x 33.02 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
24 x 13 in (60.96 x 33.02 cm)

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Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker

2023

2023

2023

2023

Ink and watercolor on paper
34 x 24 in (86.36 x 60.96 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
34 x 24 in (86.36 x 60.96 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
34 x 24 in (86.36 x 60.96 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
34 x 24 in (86.36 x 60.96 cm)

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The Circularity of a Female Mind
The Circularity of a Female Mind
The Circularity of a Female Mind
The Circularity of a Female Mind

2024

2024

2024

2024

Ink and watercolor on paper
39.40 x 39.40 in (100.08 x 100.08 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
39.40 x 39.40 in (100.08 x 100.08 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
39.40 x 39.40 in (100.08 x 100.08 cm)

Ink and watercolor on paper
39.40 x 39.40 in (100.08 x 100.08 cm)

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Female Messiah
Female Messiah
Female Messiah
Female Messiah

2023

2023

2023

2023

Watercolor, collage and ink on paper
88 x 55 in (223.52 x 139.70 cm)

Watercolor, collage and ink on paper
88 x 55 in (223.52 x 139.70 cm)

Watercolor, collage and ink on paper
88 x 55 in (223.52 x 139.70 cm)

Watercolor, collage and ink on paper
88 x 55 in (223.52 x 139.70 cm)

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Money is the Man I Love the Most
Money is the Man I Love the Most
Money is the Man I Love the Most
Money is the Man I Love the Most

2023

2023

2023

2023

Watercolor, collage, and ink on paper
68 x 50 in (172.72 x 127 cm)

Watercolor, collage, and ink on paper
68 x 50 in (172.72 x 127 cm)

Watercolor, collage, and ink on paper
68 x 50 in (172.72 x 127 cm)

Watercolor, collage, and ink on paper
68 x 50 in (172.72 x 127 cm)

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New York, NY 10013

Tuesday—Friday: 10am—6pm

Saturday: 11am—5pm
Sunday—Monday: Closed

ISABEL SULLIVAN

GALLERY

39 Lispenard St.
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday—Friday: 10am—6pm

Saturday: 11am—5pm
Sunday—Monday: Closed

ISABEL SULLIVAN

GALLERY

39 Lispenard St.
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday—Friday: 10am—6pm

Saturday: 11am—5pm
Sunday—Monday: Closed