About the artist Helmut Lutter
Born in 1962, Helmut Lutter lives and works in Munich, where he and a partner operate the Lutter & Schaffler auto body shop. His reliefs, which are air-brushed onto metal, are regarded as the German answer to American pop art. Helmut Lutter gives Leni Riefenstahl and other (dubious) heroes such as Batman, Captain America, Donald Duck and Kellogg's Tony the Tiger a playful, three-dimensional vividness. The artist draws inspiration from comic books and the art of Leonardo da Vinci alike. "Using three-dimensional effects, I want to give well-known subjects new life, more power, joy, rage, beauty, aesthetics, lustre and colour," says Helmut Lutter. Helmut Lutter's art provides these characters with a physical presence that their former two-dimensionality never permitted them. Each of the often life-size reliefs is unique, the result of several hundred hours of manual production. These works begin as a flat body panel, which Helmut Lutter transforms into an impressive sculpted frieze by working on them with special tools until the subject has been perfected down to the last detail. These reliefs are then brightly painted and refined with a high-gloss finish.
Lutter regards himself as a metal sculptor who can see a story in a piece of metal and bring it to life. As a representative of the New Pop Art movement, he has given new significance to metal as a medium. His three-dimensional creations are both surprising and fascinating.