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Sophie Von Hellermann

SELECTED WORKS BY Sophie Von Hellermann

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Sophie Von Hellermann
Christo Paffgen

2003

acrylic on canvas

185 x 145 cm
Sophie von Hellerman is a young German artist working in London. The title of the painting Christo Paffgen is the real name of Warhol protégé, Velvet Underground vocalist, and unrepentant lifelong heroin addict Nico. The 1960s icon was infamous for her sexual endeavours and drug abuse. Rather than capture Nico in all her excess von Hellermann chooses to depict her before she lost her beauty, interest in life, and eventually her death in relative obscurity, and mystery, in Ibiza in 1988.
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Sophie Von Hellermann
Postproductionerds

2000

Acrylic on canvas

230 x 320 cm
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Sophie Von Hellermann
Leading Lady

2001

acrylic on canvas

180 x 260 cm
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Sophie Von Hellermann
Cricket

2001

acrylic on canvas

120 x 170 cm
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Sophie Von Hellermann
When He Came...

2001

acrylicl on canvas

180 x 260 cm
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Sophie Von Hellermann
on set go

2000

acrylic on canvas

230 x 320 cm
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Sophie Von Hellermann
These Things Happened Last Winter, Sir

2001

Acrylic on canvas

170 x 230 cm
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Sophie Von Hellermann
Belle De Jour

2001

Acrylic on canvas

210 x 300 cm
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Sophie Von Hellermann
Duellists

2001

acrylic on canvas

210 x 300 cm

ARTICLES

Sophie von hellermann; greene naftali gallery

Greene Naftali Gallery is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of the German painter Sophie von Hellermann known for her large-scale, romantic, pastel-washed canvases often installed to suggest complex narrative threads. With a cast ranging from Marcel Duchamp to Mick Jagger, previous shows have focused on such diverse themes as the death of Nico, the life of Anastasia, and a retelling of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. For this exhibition von Hellermann has taken the 100th anniversary of Einstein's scientific breakthrough E=mc2 as occasion to tackle the conflation of art and science with her characteristic irony and wit. Wryly mixing the languages of physics and painting, von Hellermann addresses the concerns of time, light, and space in broad-brushed washes of acrylic color that look as if they have floated right out of her thoughts.
In contrast to many contemporary figurative painters, von Hellermann has chosen to paint from imagination rather than photographs. Translating mental images into paint with an almost automatist spontaneity, she explores the invented space of the unconscious rather than the perspectival space of photography. The paintings seem almost to float away from their physical support, a weightless effect achieved by von Hellermann's unique application of pure pigment to unprimed canvas. Von Hellermann says, "what interests me is how the mind works and how dream images come together from things you've seen, read, and experienced both years ago and yesterday."

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Source: greenenaftaligallery.com



SOPHIE VON HELLERMANN; VILMA GOLD

Vilma Gold is pleased to present, On the Ground, by Sophie von Hellermann, the inaugural exhibition at new premises on Vyner Street, London E2. Staged prior to the gallery's formal renovation, On the Ground weaves new paintings into the existing fabric of the semi-derelict building.

On the Ground takes the form of contemporary iconostases based on the events leading up to the death of the cult figure Nico. In a series of part-fictional and part-factual scenes Nico isdepicted alongside Andy Warhol, members of the Factory scene and finally her son Ari. Hellermann's paintings are loosely based on an outline of the final period in Nico's life where she fled Manchester for Ibiza. In Manchester she had lost another battle against her ongoing drug addiction and sought solaceon the holiday island and a close relationship with Ari, the child she had given up at birth. She died on the island in 1988, a brain Hemorrhage, road accident and drug overdose have all, over the years, been mooted as the possible cause. Her death remains shrouded in mystery.

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Source: vilmagold.com