Erwin Olaf - Photographs London Monday, November 17, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    E. Olaf, Own, Works 1984-2012, Antwerp: Lido, 2012, p. 5

  • Catalogue Essay

    Olaf’s Keyhole series (2011-2012) is his definitive work on visualising the unspoken. A look through the keyhole reveals a woman who is looking away from the camera. While we do not see the expression on her face, her body language – the slight hunch of her bare back – expresses emotions of loneliness and vulnerability. Within a highly stylised framework, Olaf addresses such emotional and social taboos as shame, indignation and power relationships. Olaf’s works have been exhibited internationally and are held in a number of collections, including Rijksmuseum and Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam; and George Eastman House, Rochester.

    “I think that an artist should always try to reflect his personal feelings in his work…Of course I get more serious and melancholy the older I get; such is life.”

    Erwin Olaf



Keyhole 2

Chromogenic print.
114 x 85.5 cm (44 7/8 x 33 5/8 in.)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 2/7 in ink on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.
This work is number 2 from the sold-out edition of 7 + 2 AP + 1 HC.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £17,500

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London 18 November 2014