To get a taste of his work, log on to www.secondlife.com and go to the museum of modern art where you can walk around a virtual gallery and view. It will be a good preview of what Waterford will be expecting this September from Waterford’s Fringe Festival of Art, Comedy, Music, Theatre and this year OPERA!
I will leave you on this note about Helnwein -
"For Helnwein, the child is the symbol of innocence, but also of innocence betrayed. In today’s world, the malevolent forces of war, poverty, and sexual exploitation and the numbing, predatory influence of modern media assault the virtue of children.
Helnwein’s work concerning the child includes paintings, drawings, and photographs, and it ranges from subtle inscrutability to scenes of stark brutality.
Of course, brutal scenes—witness The Massacre of the Innocents — have been important and regularly visited motifs in the history of art. What makes Helnwein’s art significant is its ability to make us reflect emotionally and intellectually on the very expressive subjects he chooses.