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Gottfried Helnwein
B. 1948
THE DISASTERS OF WAR 47
signed on the reverse
oil and acrylic on canvas
152 by 122cm., 60 by 48in.
Painted in 2016.
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Catalogue Note

Gottfried Helnwein’s work is informed by his upbringing in post-war Austria where the horrors of the Second World War cast a very real and horrifying shadow. That atrocities continue to occur motivates Helnwein in his work to shake us from complacency. The central image he employs to convey his message is that of the innocent child, bearing the scars of adulthood’s violence and corruptibility – at times this is explicit and confrontational, at others more subtle, as in the present example from his The Disasters of War series. The photo-realist technique he employs is highly accomplished and invests his work with even more power, as well as urging the viewer to examine the paintings more closely.  

Since moving to Ireland in 1997, purchasing the gothic Gurteen Castle in Tipperary where he now lives and works, Ireland has become home for Helnwein and his family.  His work has appeared most prominently in Ireland with grand-scale public exhibitions of children and Irish landscapes in Kilkenny (2001), Crawford (2004) and Waterford (2008), while his work is regularly exhibited internationally and held in major public collections.

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