Ole Ahlberg (1949) – is a Danish painter with a growing international audience. His painting has undergone a distinct development during the last few years. And his road to fame has involved using Herge’s famous comic book characters such as Tintin and Haddock in a new artistic context. Tintin meets Ole Ahlberg’s femmes fatales! Erotic? You bet!
Ole Ahlberg has created a universe where the baroque vanitas symbols. Symbols Such as, peeled lemons, hourglasses, unlit candles, and skulls have been replaced by a more contemporary repertoire.
“There is more between heaven and earth than anywhere else.”
Marve Fleksnes (Norwegian tv comedian character)
The most obvious difference being between things and people from the ‘real’ world contra comic strip characters. His many scantily-clad women, swans, porcelain objects, and clouds are painted in a very convincing life-like manner while the comic strip characters, mainly taken from Herge’s Tintin, are painted with a clearly defined outline that makes them appear flat on the canvas. A difference that is almost tangible.
If Ole Ahlberg’s principles of composition have changed, his motifs have essentially stayed the same: it is mostly still about eroticism. Being a very sophisticated artist, he never allows the pictures to become too lewd or carnal in nature, but somehow he finds a way to get the viewer, to a great extent, to create the suggestive stories. Eroticism is usually also just a pretext for political commentary and a deeper epistemological investigation. In this respect Ole Ahlberg prefers the black humor and mysteriousness of Magritte than the theatricality and surrealism of Dalí.
Marcel Salome about Ole Ahlberg
I first encountered Ole Ahlberg’s artwork in 2005 during a tribute to H.C. Andersen in Denmark. I was immediately captivated by his paintings featuring Tin Tin. In 2006, I had the opportunity to meet Ole Ahlberg and gain deeper insights into his art. Subsequently, we began collaborating, and my company, Re-Art, has been responsible for producing all of his limited editions. Ole has become one of our best-selling artists.
The process begins with Re-Art scanning Ole Ahlberg’s original paintings using the Cruse fine art scanner. After scanning, extensive color proofs and adjustments are meticulously carried out to ensure that the prints closely replicate the original artwork. All of Ole’s works are printed on 310 grams German Etching paper, which imparts a velvety, tactile quality and distinctive character to the prints.
All Ole Ahlberg’s works are individually signed, numbered, bears an embossed stamp, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.