Helmut Koller – Photorealism meets surrealism
Kamil Art Gallery organized the opening of the exhibition, “KOLLERISM”, in Monaco on September 12, 2022, in the presence of Prince Albert and the talented artist Helmut Koller.
In 1987, with his first series of paintings, “Homage to Egon Schiele”, Helmut Koller made the transition from photography to painting. The artist then became interested in historical portraits of Native Americans, then worked on figurative acrylic paintings on canvas. Since the beginning of 1997, Koller has been working on his iconic series of “colorful and super realistic pop” animal paintings.
The title of the exhibition refers to the “KOLLERISM” style defining the artist’s work, painting portraits of animals that mix photorealism and surrealism, a psychedelic rendition characterized by the use of extravagant colors. He uses extraordinary shades applied to the skins or furs of his subjects, as well as to the monochrome backgrounds on which their bodies are drawn.
Felines, birds, monkeys or reptiles appear with strength and majesty, exuding both a wild aspect and human expressions, like photographs of an imaginary world.
In Koller’s own words, “These paintings are iconic portraits of being sensitive, supreme beauties without reference to time and space, esoteric manipulations of nature. »
From Austrian countryside to the USA
Helmut Koller is today known for his colorful, bold and festive animal paintings, which are collected around the world.
Koller spent his childhood in the heart of the Austrian countryside. After completing his training as a photographer and making a brief professional detour to Germany, he became the official photographer of the Vienna State Opera.
For seven years he photographed legends such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leonard Bernstein and Rudolf Nurejev. During this period, Helmut Koller co-wrote, photographed and designed his first book entitled “WOMEN OVER 30”. He then published “ELEKTRA”, about the film production of Richard Strauss’ opera and “OPERA LIVE”, about the Vienna State Opera. Eager to discover America, Koller moved to Manhattan and then Palm Beach, Florida, where he currently resides.
In support of the animal kingdom
The exhibition is organized in support of the association « The Animal Fund ».
TAF – The Animal Fund is a non-profit environmental association created in 2015 and based in France, Monaco, UK and Denmark. TAF aims to protect the ocean and its precious marine life, especially whales and dolphins.
It is essential to save whales, because they are the ones who indirectly produce up to 85% of the oxygen we breathe.
Over the past seven years, TAF has dedicated its efforts to informing, educating and raising public awareness about ocean pollution, overfishing of endangered species, mistreatment of marine mammals and the manufacture of cosmetics containing ingredients of animal origin.
For more information please visit: https://theanimalfund.net/
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