Danish Pop Arts Grandmaster. There are few who own the same patience, technology and talent as Ole Ahlberg - and with his sense of beautiful dressed ladies, combined with items from, among others, Hergé Tintin, he has secured recognition and fame beyond Denmark's borders.
Technically, Ahlberg is in full control, he paints narrowly and precisely to the smallest detail; Nevertheless, Tintin appears perfectly cartoonish and sincere awkward in the adult universe. Ahlberg simply melts two completely different values together without overconstructing it.
It is, however, also interesting that eroticism in Ole Ahlberg’s paintings is rarely spelled out for you. In one of the best Tintin paintings we see the young journalist incredulously regarding a red space rocket (from “Destination Moon”) placed under the skirt of a beautiful woman. Ole Ahlberg only presents us with a gaping Tintin, a rocket, and a woman’s lower body, thus enticing the observer to become a co-creator by conjuring up the erotic exploit from his/her own subconscious. Here the artist draws on the age-old truth that the most sex-fixated people on earth are the puritans, who can find sexual references in even the most innocent motifs. All because they refuse to acknowledge their own sexual urges. And for exactly that reason Ole Ahlberg has the whole Tintin-group after him with an army of lawyers trying to figure out a way to get the better of this impertinent Dane who is so impudent as to exercise his freedom of artistic expression.
Before the popular breakthrough, Ole Ahlberg was best known as (80er) surrealist, and as part of the art association "Pas Partout" he already made strong works at the time - and they were hard to get hold of. Today you have to think and act quickly if you want to own one of the new original works.
Leaving Home - Ole Ahlberg