Hans Alf Gallery

Balder Olrik, Denmark

Balder Olrik (b. 1966, Virum) is Danish visual artist, who studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1982-1985.

After making his debut at the tender age of 16 in 1984 at Charlottensborg’s Spring Exhibition, Olrik experienced great success as a painter. He explored themes such as war and destruction with an inventive use of colors and materials for which he subsequently received the Danish Art Foundation’s three year working grant in 1996. 

In 1998 Olrik, in order to pursue a career in business entrepreneurship, went on an indefinite hiatus, only to emerge 16 years later, in 2014, as a photographer.

Olrik’s body of work evolves around the theme of abandonment, each photograph studying places built by humans but without a trace of life, inevitably emanating mysticism and eeriness. These black holes in time and space spring forth as physical manifestations of the dark corners of digital media which we either overlook or are kept from seeing on a daily basis.

Balder Olrik has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad, e.g. at the Danish Arts Foundation, Esbjerg Museum of Art and the Ball State University Museum, Indiana, USA.







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