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In actual fact, I want to tell you without misrepresentation, the whole story of Philhelm, which begins in Alsace in the castle of Lichtenberg, on April 23rd 1616, when 7-year-old Balthasar Helmlinger, loses the Monogram of his eponymy descendant. This ordinary but nevertheless very serious incident in the distant past will set in motion the artistic calling of one of his descendants, 10 generations later!
Today’s painter, born in Strasbourg in 1943, has seen his work exhibited and winning twice in his life (1999 and 2001), and this, only at the "Florence International Contemporary Art Biennale" which awarded him in 1999 the Prize of the City of Florence.
So that the vulgum pecus be completely disorientated, so that it will let the story of the past enter him torpidly, each day enriched by our common ancestral past: whether it be Etruscan, Minoan or Babylonian, or else it will never penetrate within paintings, to strive to discover the secret causes of things.
I decline colors in a correspondence with the images and the original writing, to find a small history of the past, in wich my monogram would always have been present such an archetype. This revival for a few years, I have tried to reveal it because the Gods came one day to my meeting ! They condescended to introduce to me their messengers as heroes accompagnied by their sphinges : That they forgive me, if I dare to quote them in the joy of my heart, even I put no bad shame to ask them for grace. If I try to make be reborn by my legends, some fragments of a lost knowledge, and really immortal and sacred, I owe it only to the works of very numerus archaelogists or historians. I have no vanity in my creations. Even if I might not create anything good or beautiful in all of my life, I will still feel a real and deep ecstasy in tasting the beautiful and great work of others that I distinguish and admire whether Etruscan, Cretan, Assyrian or Sumerian.
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