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Tag: Gottfried Helnwein

Austrian-Irish artist Gottfried Helnwein, who presides between Ireland and Los Angeles, is vocal about his concerns relating to violence in modern society; in action movie and video games, the hero carries the biggest and baddest weapons, while in real life, people have been brutally killed in mass murders like the Holocaust, and in recent years, children have gone to school and been shot by other children. "For me, painting is just a way to strike back and force people to look at that. That's my response to it," Helnwein says in a new documentary about his work.

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