The folkloric and human work of Ola Volo presented by Johnnie Walker

Date: 31 May 2019


Category: Artist Portraits

Ola Volo is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism and folklore. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and elaborate forms. Ola creates winding narratives that acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life.


Her work is widely recognized for its inventiveness and imaginative gesture; every character is full of spirited personality and inhabits a dynamic environment. Her work also lends itself often to the public realm with many of her murals helping to shape and beautify outdoor spaces across the world. As well as creating commissions for a wide range of international clients including Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon and Volkswagen, Volo also finds time to do her own gallery artwork.


Johnnie Walker’s is one of the biggest whisky brand in the world, first crafted in a humble grocer’s shop, and born out of adversity. Taking whisky from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. Today, this pioneering and innovative spirit has seen the brand become a global icon. The Striding man and the phrase “Keep Walking” has been adopted and embraced, as a rallying cry for progress, as encouragement through adversity and as a joyful expression of optimism.


The partnership between Ola Volo and the brand represents a union between folklore, history, human harmony and the spirit of progress. Johnnie Walker will work with Ola to showcase the spirit of progress by immortalized her interpretation this year in Montreal at Mural Festival.


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