Erwin Olaf

1959 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Erwin Olaf is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in the Netherlands, like other famous artists such as Kees Broos, Marcel Wanders, Helma Pantus, Barbara Broekman, and Eddo Hartmann. Erwin Olaf was born in 1959.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Erwin Olaf is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Brazil. Galleries include Hamiltons Gallery in the United Kingdom, Flatland Gallery in the Netherlands, and Galerie Edwynn Houk | Zurich in Switzerland. Erwin Olaf's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Women at Hamiltons Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 13 May 2019 until 15 August 2019. Erwin Olaf's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Hamiltons Gallery in London (10 September 2018 - 23 November 2018) with the name MODERN MASTERS GROUP SHOW and Schonfeld Gallery in Brussels (16 March 2019 - 03 May 2019) with the name The collectors' selection. Erwin Olaf's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called MODERN MASTERS GROUP SHOW and took place at Hamiltons Gallery in London, the United Kingdom from the 10 September 2018 to 23 November 2018.

Erwin Olaf in private collections

Oliver Wand and Joan Dik Collection feature Erwin Olaf's works on Artland. They also include works by prominent figures such as Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Hur Kyung-Ae, and Sarah Derat.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has been established as an artistic and cultural centre for centuries, for instance through the international influence of renowned artists such as Jan van Eyck in the fifteenth century. In the 1600s, the Dutch Golden Age saw the rise of such illustrious artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the most significant forerunners of the post-Impressionist era and is still regarded as an extraordinary, unprecedented painter that has influenced the art sphere regardless of any era or movement. At first established as a magazine, De Stijl was a movement that pioneered abstract art in the Netherlands, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. De Stijl artists would espouse a visual language solely composed of geometrical shapes, and the movement also had a significant influence on modern architecture as well as design. Gerrit Rietveld was a prominent architect and designer who adopted the ideals and the essence of De Stijl in his work. Willem de Kooning was also a Dutch national, though he migrated to the United States in the earlier years of his life, and his work was largely influenced by the Abstract Expressionism movement thriving in New York City in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf was born in 1959 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. n Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement explored on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unchanged, fleeting conditions. The works focused on the interplay between these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong interest in the European philosophy of phenomenology.

Erwin Olaf

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 15

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