Olivier Pauwels, also known by his tag BOHI, is a Belgian artist holding a graphic arts degree. He started his career as a painter and graphic designer, but quickly turned his attention towards three-dimensional assemblages. It’s exactly those fascinating assemblages that trigger everyone’s imagination.
With an eye for detail and a strong preference for old materials, combined with sweet little babies, Olivier creates an apocalyptic image track. This track seeks the balance between humour and threat, violence and love, renewal and reconditioning.
Extraordinary examples of Olivier’s art work are his cyber babies: android creatures, born from classic toy dolls and old machine parts. These humanoid contraptions, which originally were given an undeniably steampunk look or donned military attributes, are moving as well as fascinating. They enable the artist to express his own view of the world.
The artist guides us towards a surreal world of ‘Cyber Babies’ and futuristic machines. It’s an escape from reality, as well as a statement launching every baby, every new-born into an outrageous world. A world in which the mass hysteria of the constantly wanting more determines the rhythm of life. The babies are the seed for the next generation. They’re a blank slate on which we can project our wishes, fears and dreams of the future.
It’s actually the objects themselves that trigger new creations. Objects are decontextualized and are given a new dimension, a new identity, whereby they lose all connection with their past. “Where the life of an object stops… the dream world of the artist begins.”
Olivier’s specific way of assemblage got him in touch with film legend George Miller in 2010. Olivier participated in shaping the image of the movie Mad-Max Fury Road (2015), which was rewarded with 6 Oscars. The film director is a kindred spirit who creates his own world, a world that questions what lies ahead in the universe.
MU-ZEE (PMMK), Oostende, Belgium In dialoog met Paul Van Hoeydonck, Guestronaut 2014 - Fallen Astronaut 1971
Living Tomorrow, Next Door Light @ Dark, Belgium Animamix Gallery, Knokke, Belgium Publication Book Cyber-Baby II, Olivier Pauwels, Stichting Kunstboek
Exhibition Porsche Mechelen, Belgium One man show, Robinsons Art Gallery, Knokke, Belgium Shanghai Art Fair, China Publication Book Cyber-Baby I, Olivier Pauwels, Stichting Kunstboek
Travelling Device, Device Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - USA Future Pass 3.0, Wereldmuseum Rotterdam from 13 February throught 31 August 2014, Netherlands
Art Gent, Belgium
Robinsons Art Gallery, Knokke Zoute, Belgium Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands Lineart, Gent, Belgium National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Lineart, Gent, Belgium Shanghai Contemporary, Shanghai, China 54th International Art Exhibition ILLUMinations of the Venice Biennale 2011, Venice, Italy Seven Seventy Gallery, Paris, France
Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany Galerie 138, Honfleur, France Memorial Van Damme, Brussel, Belgium Lineart, Gent, Belgium Mad-Max Studio's, Warner Bros, Australia (props skulls, weapons, wheels)
Robinsons Art Gallery, Knokke Zoute, Belgium Lineart, Gent, Belgium Reconstructed - Device Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA
De 40 Oostendse kunstenaars - Staf Versluyscentrum, Bredene, Belgium Lineart, Gent, Belgium
Lineart, Gent, Belgium
Artstore, Introducing Bohi Olivier Pauwels, Brugge, Belgium
Artstore, Brugge, Belgium