Helnwein opens his new studio in Los Angeles with a retrospective of his work
"The Los Angeles Times" writes about this event: "When Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein opened a show of his paintings recently, celebrities crowded his downtown studio. Leonardo DiCaprio rubbed Elbows with Marilyn Manson. Beck chatted with Kevin Smith. Mena Suvari stopped for a photo op, and Sean Penn lent his cool. "
CITY OF ANGLES: ART AMID THE STARS, Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2002
Gina Piccalo and Louise Roug
For a recent transplant, Helnwein attracted much Hollywood.
Sean Penn, Jason Lee, Gottfried Helnwein, Marilyn Manson
GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN - NEW LA STUDIO, OK! magazine, UK, August 28, 2002
Some of his work is disturbing to say the least, and has been described as "the visual equivalent of a contact sport". He uses art as a way to fight back at society, his pictures forcing people to face things they might prefer to forget about. Children feature heavily, as do bandages and chilling images from the wartime era. All very challanging, yet fascinating.
The man himself seemed far too well-scrubbed to pass for an artist -- dashingly handsome doesn't do him justice! I immediately thought of Dennis Hopper in "Easy Rider" but that could have been his bandanna. Dressed head-to-toe in black, he rarely removed his extremely dark shades, but he was effortlessly charming with plenty to talk about.