06.01.11 by Jeff

Mercedes Helnwein

Drawings by Mercedes Helnwein, daughter of Gottfried Helnwein.

artist mercedes helnwein drawings

artist mercedes helnwein drawings

artist mercedes helnwein drawings

artist mercedes helnwein drawings

artist mercedes helnwein drawings

artist mercedes helnwein drawings





  • http://thecodersperspective.posterous.com/ willem

    Beautiful colors. Love it!

  • Dave

    these are good… until you see daddy’s work, when it becomes disappointing

    • lapetitefaon

      ha, NOT FAIR! If you compare just about anyone to Gottfried Helnwein they fall flat! I like these, the coloring is subtle yet electrifying

      • Dave

        but the other people you might compare aren’t his children. if my last name was helnwein and my first name was not gottfried, id be staying as far away from representational portraiture as possible! or at least develop a pseudonym to prevent insane expectations.

    • M.

      Not a fair comparison, considering that these are colored pencil drawings and Gottfried has mostly watercolors and oil paintings (and btw, oils over photographs)

      • Pteropus

         M Actually Helwein does not paint over photos if you get the silence of the innocents DVD you’ll see that he is just super talented!!

    • S.

      I agree that her dad’s work is much more realistic… But did you think that perhaps she purposely wanted to try a style that DOESN’T look like his?
      If she just made hyper-realistic works as well, it would just be boring…Plus, he’s had many more years than she has to perfect his style.
      I don’t think it’s fair to compare somebody to their father’s work that way.. I’m sure she gets it all the time, and she’s obviously a talented artist in her own right.

    • S.

      Anyway, your issue with it seems to be that she’s *admitting* to being her father’s child, not that there’s really any fault with the artwork.
      At least she has the courage to use her own (and her father’s name), when she KNOWS people are constantly be making comparisons.

  • Emily

    This is fabulous!

  • Ben

    looks like the medium is crayon, nice

  • A.J

    i dont think there is a competition between gottfried with his daughter, their styles and aesthetic are different. i’ve noticed with mercedes’s work she excels in drawing, i particularly love her coloured pencil drawings.

  • http://justinsullivanphotography.com Justin Sullivan

    I went to the opening of this show a month or two ago here in Los Angeles. These pictures don’t do the work justice. It’s gorgeous in person.

    What kind of pretentious nonsense is it to come on a blog and say “Oh your work isn’t as good as your father’s, so it’s not valid.”?

    • A.J

      one can’t really say that one is better than the other because it is subjective.

  • http://excelentemiseria.tumblr.com Matias Magnecio

    i love portraits and those are cool!!! they look so vintage

  • Jeneba

    I don’t really like any style of portraits but these are simply amazing. Good job for the inspiration dad!

  • Jillian

    It’s okay, my dad sells insurance and I’ve sold nary a brownie. Anyway I like this better.

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  • Rudy

    I like what I see and find your work refreshing and enthralling.

  • a

    these are done suing oil pastel. see more at http://www.mercedeshelnwein.com

    Her pencil work is amazing. also check out her friend Alex Prager, the photographer that shoots the modles for her to draw. (i think).

    should have had her on this site a long time ago!