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Helnwein- Irish and Other Landscapes

Helnwein

Published 2004
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Hardcover
32 pages
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Helnweins meticulous Irish landscapes, which are the cornerstone of this Crawford show, are unashamedly aesthetic: gorgeous confections of pure, delicious spectacle. The typically epic but not inhuman scale imitates the subject matter. The tonalMoreHelnweins meticulous Irish landscapes, which are the cornerstone of this Crawford show, are unashamedly aesthetic: gorgeous confections of pure, delicious spectacle. The typically epic but not inhuman scale imitates the subject matter. The tonal realism will make people go Wow, are they paintings? - thanks to the photorealist finish which seems free of the foibles of the human hand. Helnwein works with very small brushes - highlighting and subtly magnifying here, muting colours or creating shadows there- pushing some paintings towards momentary sleights of impressionism- and others towards seamless, burnished hyperreality. The birds eye view suggests a kind of superhuman vision which can simultaneously take in the entire view with breath-taking clarity, like some bionic eagle.Mic Moroney, from the essay Out of the Apocalypse into the Sublime - bursting into Irish Landscape: Citizen Helnwein