Ole Ahlberg

Ole Ahlberg

Born 1949.
Debuted in the 1970s and has since worked with collages, graphics and painting in increasingly demanding techniques necessary for his hyper-precise imagery. He’s the man of the opposites. The well-known comic book character Tintin, whom we all know as an innocent and untouchable figure, often appears as the centerpiece of the artist’s universe. But it is not in the usual context in which we see Tintin acting. In Ole Ahlberg’s pictures, the young journalist is put into a sexual context that so strongly undermines our perception of this cozy but genderless figure. He is suddenly made into a male of flesh and blood, which may look puzzled, but on the end side is not pale to put his hand on the woman’s buttocks. If it is not just Tintin that is confronted with the sensory world, then it might be a toy, a platter, a rocket, Hans Christian Andersen, etc.