Olaf Hajek

Olaf Hajek, "Masqeurade"

Olaf Hajek, "Masqeurade"

Last month Gestalten released “Flowerhead,” a collection of prints and illustrations by Olaf Hajek, one of the most successful artists working today. His clients range from corporate to creative, and of course the book includes illustrations made for no one but himself. What strikes you first about Hajek’s pieces is the craftsmanship. Not only that…

Olaf Hajek, Flowerhead

Olaf Hajek, Flowerhead

What does it say about the state of art today when we’re almost shocked when an artist says that their process does not involve digital media? Olaf Hajek, who’s more comfortable working in a hands-on “analog style,” is one such artist. Or is he an illustrator? Certainly he belongs to the school of artists who walk the line between client-driven work that is so true to his natural style that it’s difficult to label him as a commercial artist. Illustrative fine art? Honestly, who cares.