Olga Bajusová: Illustrations and Prints

An exhibition of Bajusová’s prolific children’s book illustrations, animation sets,
art portfolios and etchings.
February 26th – April 10th 2010
Opening Reception Feb 26, 6-9 PM

Special Screening of animation at
Squeaky Wheel Sat. March 13, 8 PM

Olga Bajusova is an award-winning illustrator of children’s books as well as a noted printmaker who has exhibited in Italy, Portugal, Romania, Canada, the United States and Japan. Born and educated in Slovakia, Ms. Bajusova and her husband and fellow artist Jozef Bajus are now residents of Buffalo, NY.

This exhibition showcases Bajusova’s prolific children’s book illustrations which evoke a fantastical world of faeries, creatures and landscapes with vibrant colors that are not fully captured in the over thirty children’s books that have made her work iconic in her home country of Slovakia and beyond. She has worked with Slovak publishers “Buvik” and “Mlade Leta” as well as the “Budisin” publishing house in Germany.

In 1997 Olga Bajusova received the Mlade Leta Publishing Prize and the prestigious Ludovit Fulla Award and was elected to the International Board of Books for Young People. Her etchings offer a different side of her work in that they feature parallel yet contrasting organic abstract landscapes as monochromatic prints with subtle detail and bold emotional gestures.

Along with the illustrations and prints will be a special screening (to be held at Squeaky Wheel, Date & Time TBA) of a perennial Central European holiday classic animation “Strigonove Vianoce” (Christmas Wizard) which was illustrated by Bajusova. Sets and stills from this animation will also be on Exhibit for the duration of the show.

A special edition restrike of Bajusova’s etching will be printed at the WNY Book Arts Center’s community printshop and offered for sale exclusively during the exhibition.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation Baird Foundation
Cameron Jane Wendt Foundation StoryGrowing