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Gottfried Helnwein  Tipperary, Ireland

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About Gottfried

Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien). He was awarded the Master-class prize (Meisterschulpreis) of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, the Kardinal-König prize and the Theodor-Körner prize.

He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation- and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media.

His early work consists mainly of hyper-realistic watercolors, depicting wounded children, as well as performances – often with children – in public spaces. Helnwein is a conceptual artist, concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered provocative and controversial.

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"Would anyone happen to know the title and date of the first work featured? (The child holding the gun)"

"One of my favorite artists hands down. I feel that a lot of contemporary artists lack depth, but he backs it up with thought, meaning and the skills to convey his message."

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"I really love his work, he's truly one of a kind."


"wow the hyperrealism of helnwein's work is amazing. I love the stuff on his website."

"notes on ..........:Love pumuckl-the exactness of the textures, their variety. and the special technique of dragging the background over the subject. wonderful.1 nov-the same lovely portrait as pumuckl. the same features I like.ryusenshi-all the techniques come together in this one. movement, style, color, favorite.sparrow-what dramafirst day of my life-suddenly I looked at the sky and it was a beautifully rendered sky.pirate cutie-the first painting that was unambiguously illustration. What is the continuum from art to illustration? Why is illustration thought less of than ART? rehetorical questions.why can't you give me what I want-tender longing of a gorgeous young man. I don't believe a photograph could deliver certain details in the lay of the hair, the glint in the eye, the anger of the lips.I sold my soul for rock n' roll- dynamic spiraling curve. weightless.memories of lost happiness-again the special landscape and sky. I like the way the hair and dress mimic each other.young princess-beautiful young girl with unbelievably blue eyes.I'm glad I saw these works seperate from the work of his young adulthood. re: his article in Wikipedia."

"i have a tremendous appreciatiuon for heinwein's work. looking fwd 2 seeing it in person one day."

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