2005/04/01
Variety
VLife
by Scarlet Cheng
Kevin Smith wept when he finally received the painting of Gottfried Helnwein
SHOWBIZZERS HAVE BEEN COMMISSIONING ART FROM THE LIKES OF WARHOL, SCHNABEL, CLEMENTE AND SCHARF FOR YEARS
Kevin Smith wept when he finally received the painting of Gottfried Helnwein "I don't spend money on coke or whores." deadpans Kevin Smith. "And I am not a big car guy with a fleet of Ferraris or anything like that. But I can get behind an indulgence like this." The indulgence in question is towering a nine-foot-tall canvas of Smith's daughter, Harley, which hangs in the entry of his Hollywood home. Smith commissioned the portrait two years ago from Austrian Artist Gottfried Helnwein, who is best known for his dark, noir-style paintings. Smith admittedly wept when he finally received the work, which has since become his pride and joy - a family heirloom that is a testament to his love for his child as well as being a serious work of art.
The cost? A cool $180, 000.
"I don't think that's much money for an heirloom that will get passed on, generation after generation," reasons Smith, "Besides it's my way of encouraging sombody else's art."


(excerpt)
working on "Head of a Child 8" (Harley)
2003




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