26.05.09 by Jeff

Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein is a painter, photographer, installation and performance artist who has created some of the most provocative images I’ve ever seen.

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer

Gottfried Helnwein painting photography installation performance artist painter photographer













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • fantastic

  • Thijs

    breathtaking nr.4

  • Ben

    amazing

  • amazing!

    I saw these pictures last september during a hitchhiking trip in Ireland and I was looking for the photographer since this time!

    http://cliclacboum.tumblr.com/post/57477228

    thx

    • wow it looks amazing from that distance!

      • It was fascinating!

  • Patty

    He’s showing in Modernism in San Francisco right now. So bomb.

  • René

    One of the best and the best austrian Artist!!! Last year he had an exibition in Linz (Austria)

  • Hudson

    love big photos

  • emily

    kinda powerful-eventhough-its-hard-to-know-what-they-are-trying-to-say

  • emily

    i’ve just had another thought…think what is like for those little girls having their faces displayed in that huge size where people have no choice wether to see then or not (god, i hope NONE of them got vandalised)

    • Lee

      I live in Waterford, Ireland where Gottfried has all these displayed (still there) and the majority have been untouched. Although he did have a large print in the middle of the city square and that got a bit shredded by drunks / chavs in the night!
      His piece across the river suir on the old seed mill is amazing (the one with the guys vaulting down it)

  • i just love the fact that he dares to exhibit his work in outdoor places. very selfless. 🙂 these are just fantastic by the way!

  • loves it

  • wonderful

  • Fantastic artist, I am from Waterford City in Ireland and am so impressed at what Gottfried has achieved.

    Make sure you all visit Waterford City for the Tall Ships event in 2011!!!

  • anirac

    these are no photos….the most of them…helnwein is a painter.

    this fact is more amazinge the every thing else geoi

    • They are actually acrylic prints from photos that he paints over in in oil glaze and scumble. I was traditionally taught and had a chance to see them up close when he showed at Galerie Rudolfinum Prague last year, he also has work on display in Prague right now in a group show titled “Decadence Now,” Go see it before Jan. 1st if you can.

  • I’m sure that painting of the little girl, lying down with bandages around her head was included in the sleeve of Michael Jackson’s HIStory album.

  • YES! That’s Little Susie! I think, too.

  • I think he uses photoprints to paint on with oils and acrylics.. amazing artist

  • Dave

    all of the images that dont show the environment outside of the actual image are paintings. and im pretty sure the top two are images of a painting in the environment as well.

  • He does paint over photos, but more often he projects photos that he’s taken on a large canvas, sketches the boundaries, then paints from scratch. He goes over and over each painting scores of times until he gets it just right. His paintings are more vivid and dramatic than the photos from which they derive. He’s amazing!





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