Over the past four decades, Gottfried Helnwein has developed an extraordinarily powerful and idiosyncratic visual vocabulary reflected in his masterful use of multiple media: painting, drawing, photography, performance, and stage design. Building on artistic precedents including the work of Francesco Goya, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt and Joseph Beuys, Helnwein addresses a broad range of social and political issues, resulting in challenging and provocative artworks. The metaphor for his art is dominated by the image of the child, particularly the wounded child, scarred physically and emotionally from within. Although at times disturbing, these works are deeply humane, and seek spiritual beauty often approaching the transcendental.

Most recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Helnwein’s work has been exhibited extensively worldwide, and is featured in the collections of major museums in Europe, Asia and the United States.


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Gottfried Helnwein in the Irish Times

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The Helnwein's Will See You Now - NYT Magazine

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Gottfried Helnwein Retrospective at Albertina Museum, Vienna

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Gottfried Helnwein at the Crocker Museum

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Gottfried Helnwein receives the 2009 Steiger Art Award