HELMUT

HELMUT (1945, GERMANY)

Helmut Nimczewski was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and he was brought up by his mother because he never knew his father.
Retarded, probably as a result of brain damage caused by his epilepsy, he was put in several institutions and psychiatric hospital. Then he moved to a sheltered home in Hamburg where he likes going for walks with his camera.

Helmut loves order, uniformity and exactitude. He is fascinated by crowds and draws in great detail the spectators at a football match or swimming championship sitting in rows on the stands.
The drivers and the passengers of the vehicles he draws always seem to be travelling in perfect harmony along clearly marked roads, straight rails, or over smooth seas. Helmut works directly with coloured pencil and felt pens, using bright colours, and spends about eight weeks on each drawing.

Apolo, 1977, ballpoint pen, felter pen and coloured pencil on paper © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Untitled, 1987, ballpoint pen, felter pen and coloured pencil on paper © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Untitled, 1987, ballpoint pen, felter pen and coloured pencil on paper
© Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Untitled, 1988, ballpoint pen, felter pen and coloured pencil on paper © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Untitled, 1987, ballpoint pen, felter pen and coloured pencil on paper ©
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Untitled, 1991, ballpoint pen, felter pen and coloured pencil on paper © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

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