Thomas Helbig

Selected works by Thomas Helbig

Thomas Helbig
Braune Welle


oil on wood

185 x 250 cm
Thomas Helbig’s precisely composed, semi-abstract paintings provoke a feeling of confusion and fascination in the viewer. The soft, muted geometric shapes and colours that stretch and blur over the surface of his wooden panels look slightly adrift, as if in the process of emerging from a backdrop of uncertainty, rife with possibility.
Thomas Helbig


Oil on canvas

250 x 185 cm
Helbig has said that his paintings ‘are about reduction to an unrecognisable state from which something new can then evolve. Concealing in order to reveal something, encrypting in order to make something visible.’ His ethereal brushwork, gauzy tones and subdued palette oscillate between hiding and unveiling familiar forms. Some of his paintings are rooted in teach-yourself art manuals, yet instead of focusing on precise copying he leaves the works unfinished, in a state of engagement with abstraction and a sort of larger-than-life open-endedness.
Thomas Helbig


oil on wood

155 x 125

The real tension in Helbig’s paintings is that nothing is simply what it first appears to be. Though anchored around portraits, landscapes or art historical subjects, his compositions suggest an eerie, remote intangibility. Wilde Mit Spiegel (2004) echoes a traditional mirror-facing vanitas, but here it has been fleshed out through an abject model whose monstrosity seems to be disintegrating and shifting before our very eyes.

Thomas Helbig


oil on wood

195.5 x 150 cm

Maschine (2005) also deliberately plays with half-articulated meaning, as if delighting in teasing us with the idea of transition and pareidolia – the recognition of accidental anthropomorphic shapes in abstraction. Helbig’s subversion of the viewer’s expectations extends to his handmade frames, which are intentionally imperfect and
lead us to contemplate further the undefined and uncertain nature of what it is we are looking at.

Thomas Helbig
Wilde Mit Spiegel


oil on wood

200 x 160 cm
Thomas Helbig


diverse materials

85 x 85 x 90 cm
Thomas Helbig


Mixed media

85 x 85 cm

Thomas Helbig's Biography

Thomas Helbig
Born 1967, in Rosenheim
Lives and works in Berlin


The Mental Life of Savages, Galerie Guido W. Baudach (Charlottenburg), Berlin
Form and Fear and Muse, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam

Quiet Days in Salò, Thomas Brambrilla Contemporary, Bergamo
Gehirne (with Armin Boehm), Kunstverein Heppenheim E.V.

Use Your Relatives, China Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles
Thomas Helbig, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague
Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
Viper in Bosom, Vilma Gold, London
White,Galerie Rudiger Schottle, Munich

Remote Pulse, Bortolami Gallery, New York
Complete Birth, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens
Stern der Musen, Kunstverein Oldenburg (cat.)

Futur, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
Purgatory. Now., Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam
Homo Homini Lupus II, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Homo Homini Lupus, China Art Objects, Los Angeles

Last World, Bortolami Dayan, New York

Modern Art, London
Rom, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Galerie Ruediger Schoettle, Munich

Südseehausen, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Munich

Druidin, Menschenraum, Berlin

Danke, Erwin, Galerie Nomadenoase (Golden Pudel Club), Hamburg
Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

Die Malerei der Heiden, Montparnasse, Berlin


Alpenrepublik, Kunstraum Innsbruck
Collaborations & Interventions, Centro Cultural Andratx, Spain
Accelerating Toward Apocalypse, Doron Sebbag ArtCollection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv

Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London
Diktatur Charlottenburg, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin
Impossible Vacation, White Flag Projects, St. Louis
a painting show, Autocenter, Berlin
What a serious horror writing a play, Show 3, Kienzle Art Foundation, Berlin

Thomas Bambrilla Contemporary Art, Bergamo
Rod Bianco Gallery invites Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo
Gegen Die Form: Informel 1954 -2010i, Cruise & Callas, Berlin
100th Exhibition, Autocenter, Berlin
Danke Frua Antje, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam
Amor Fati, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

Collection Wilfried & Yannicke Cooreman, Dhondt Dhaenens
Go Sinnlich, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athen
Crisscross, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Tschechien
1999, China Art Objects Gallery/ Cottage Home, Los Angeles
Underclass Atavism, Gentili Projects, Prato (curated by Veit Loers), February
Berlin 2000, PaceWIldenstein, New York (March)

Das Zweite Gesicht, Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich
Mare Humorum 1, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo
No Illusions, Kai 10 / Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf
Emerson vs. Nietzsche, China Art Objects at Cottage Home, Los Angeles
Red Wind, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Germania: New Art from Germany, The Saatchi Gallery, London
That’s The Way It Is, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin (cat.)
Son of..., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing, Tourcoing
Depletion. Works from the Doron Sebbag ArtCollection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
Hedwig, Baronian_Francey, Brussels
Daydreams & Dark Sides, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Yellow Snow, La Maison Jaune (Patricia Low Contemporary), Gstaad

Euro-Centric. Part 1, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
XXS (Extra Extra Small), Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
return to forever, forever and a day Büro, Berlin
Looking up, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga / Portugal
Imagination Becomes Reality, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe (cat.)
Die Macht des Dinglichen – Skulptur heute!, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (cat.)
Kommando Friedrich Hölderlin Berlin, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)
Heretic & Co. – The Golden City, Jiri Svestka, Prague
Gallery swap with Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Hotel, London

Papier, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Nicht mit Steinen werfen…, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt
Alan Michael and Thomas Helbig, Modern Art Inc., London

Guido W. Baudach, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Kommando Pfannenkuchen, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles
Maschenmode, Galerie Karl-Heinz Meyer, Karlsruhe

Im Helbo, Brotherslasher, Cologne
Hands up, baby, hands up!, Oldenburger Kunstverein
Painting on the roof, Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach

Tiere, Elternhaus Thomas Palme, Immenstadt im Allgaeu
Friede, Freiheit, Freude, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Große Kunstausstellung Sommer 2002 im Pazifik, Pazifik, Berlin
Urwald, Privatwohnung Hajo von Gottberg, Berlin
Schoene Aussicht, Herr Schweins, Galerie Otto Schweins, Cologne
Druidin, Menschenraum, Berlin

Viva November, Staedtische Galerie Wolfsburg
Brown, The Approach, London
Montana Sacra (Circles 5), ZKM, Karlsruhe
Im Wandel der Liebe su uns selbst und des Gesichtssinns im allgemeinen (Deutsch-Britische Freundschaft – DBF) Maschenmode, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Cover Versions, The Trade Apartement, London

Die Gefahr im Jass (DBF), Kuenstlerwohnung Strassburger Strasse, Berlin

26 Heteros, Galerie Lind, Cologne
Heart & Soul Group Show, Long Lane Studios, London
The proactive seizure of eternity, The Trade Appartement, London

Humdrum Blue, The Trade Appartement, London
Show me the money 3, 8 Dukes – Mews, London
Surfacing – contemporary drawing, ICA, London
Nobody helps anybody(DBF), Unit 6/7, London
Printemps (DBF), Unit 6/7, London

The Powderroom, Port Betald, Rotterdam

Precept, Kuenstlerwerkstatt Lohringer Strasse, Munich

Kunstverein Munich