Ole Hedeager (b.1967 in Denmark) is an Danish artist known for his Drip-painting`s 


The phenomenon is in its simplicity of using a spatula to drip and splash paint on the canvas instead of touching it physically with the brush.

In practice, this means that with his wrist, he flips the paint down on the canvas into something you can call a kind of wrist dance. The rhythm is determined by the power of the hand movements, which in turn has something to do with the mood in which Ole Hedeager is in. He is aware of the basic composition of the painting beforehand, but as soon as the first flick is done, it is what controls the rest. Each flick triggers some oscillations that instinctively cause him to do the next.

If we were in the world of music, we would talk about improvisations around a theme. Ole Hedeager always works figuratively, and it is the face, and in some cases, the entire human body that are the focus. The starting point is a feeling: love, joy, resignation, defiance, doubt, clarity, calm and anger. The whole scale of emotions and moods we can all feel. Sometimes even at the same time. It is this recognition on our part that allows us to immediately relate to Ole Hedeager's paintings.

The starting point is his own moods and states of mind, but these are general human moods. Of course, it also helps that he is able to create some very powerful images with an almost mesmerizing effect. The characters stare at us with an intensity you can't escape. We notice the nerve threads that have created the painting.

We feel directly and immediately, the strong feelings and recognize them from ourselves.

Something that creates a relationship between us and the creator of them


Ole Hedeager works from a dogma philosophy in his works.

Should one use a single word around philosophy itself, that is the word; Identity

Behind it is the sentence from the famous Danish philosopher; Søren kirkegaard. It reads thus; - "Life is understood backwards - but must be lived forwards" In practice, that phrase is used to show that we are in constant change, based on the past.

It is expressed, for example, in the technique itself, where one has to wonder whether one gathers or separates and, for example, faces in faces that represent ancestors, family, friends, genes and others who have left their mark on one's identity.


Ole Hedeager, Drip painting artist