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Alex Diamond at the Art.Fair / BLOOM Cologne

The Art.Fair Cologne opened its doors last wednesday, and if you are in the area, we recommend you pay this fair a visit (we've just returned from the Vernissage yesterday and had a great time). It's the 10th time the Art.Fair takes place, and it has grown into one of the top art fairs in Germany for both contemporary and modern international art. Internationally renowned galleries and promising start-ups alike await visitors in the Cologne “Staatenhaus” at the fairgrounds. The fair is open Saturday 12 - 8 pm and Sunday 11 - 7 pm.

In 2006, the Art.Fair was the first fair heliumcowboy took part, before entering the international art fair circus only a few weeks later with our first (of many) representations at the big fairs in Miami, New York and Basel. And while we haven't returned to cologne, our friends from the gallery DIE KUNSTAGENTIN have been presenting their artists for quite a few years now at this event. This year, they are showing works by Alex Diamond at their large booth (BL-B04) situated in the section of BLOOM - a fair within the fair, showcasing younger galleries.

DIE KUNSTAGENTIN shows new magazine drawings and driftwood paintings by Alex Diamond alongside works by Bronco, Julia Benz and Oliver Abraham. A selection of the exhibited works can be found on the Alex Diamond-website. If you are interested in prices and availability, please contact Anne Scherer (hallo@diekunstagentin.de) or Anisa Gebhard (anisa@diekunstagentin.de)

Info about the fair: Art.Fair | BLOOM



Alex Diamond: Magazine Drawing #100

Alex Diamond Magazine Drawing #100 - the final magazine drawing that will be available through etsy.com

This is it. Magazine Drawing #100 by Alex Diamond has just been published. This will be the final Magazine Drawing that will be available through etsy.com, along with the remaining drawings on that site. At the end of the week, this shop on etsy will be closed, and the Magazine Drawings will return to the Galleries working with the artist. 

There's only a few Magazine Drawings left in the shop, make sure to check it our before the weekend:
Alex Diamond Magazine Drawings (link).

November will see the first new series of Magazine Drawings outside of the internet, at bloom / artfair21 in Cologne, where Alex Diamond will be represented by ,Die Kunstagentin‘.

When starting again with the magazine drawings in may this year after a 5-year break, we saw an outburst of the raw simplicity and directness in creating this part of Alex Diamond's work - the instinctive, rough drawings over magazine pages or photographs, which use just a tiny fraction of the tools and styles Alex Diamond has been applying in his work these past years, and probably in the simplest and purest form.

The response to this project was overwhelming. Selling exclusively at low prices through etsy.com (approx. 5 times below Alex Diamond‘s market standards), the Magazine Drawings went very fast from day one. This project, running completely outside of any gallery‘s reach (or jurisdiction ;), was planned to be capped once the 100th drawing was online, after which the Magazine Drawings will be sold at their standard value through galleries again.

However, there is already a new idea for an internet based art project in the tank, and that will most likely also happen on etsy (and in the real world) early next year, so stay tuned, either here or on alexdiamond.net!


New artist: Mandy Tsung

Mandy Tsung: Repose; Oil on Wood, 36 x 28 cm, (2012) | click image above for more info on this workFrom time to time, we add a new discovery to our galleries' portfolio, and we are happy to say that we are currently showing 2 works by canadian artist Mandy Tsung in our showroom. Both works are on display at the gallery (please make an appointment) as well as in our online-gallery (link).

Mandy was actually staying at our gallery and the accompanying studio of The Alex Diamond Mining Company for a few days earlier this month, together with her partner, fellow artist Choplogic, so we had some time to find out what the hype is all about...

Mandy Tsung was born in Banff, Canada. In 2007, she graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, where she majored in Sculpture. Since then, she has apprenticed under the abstract painter James Wyper, and has also learned the fine craft of kaleidoscope-making at ,Movement into Grace‘. In 2009, Mandy moved to Vancouver to pursue a full-time career as an artist. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the United States and Canada.

About her art, Mandy says:

My work lies in the realm of figurative Surrealism and centers around the depiction of women who exude a strong sense of self, who are emotionally complex and yet vulnerable. Having been exposed to various depictions of women in the art and literature of my childhood, and now grown into a critical thinker, I am both influenced by, and critical of, the plenitude of imagery that surrounds me in everyday life.

My paintings offer a counter-point to the outward search for identity that exemplifies popular culture today - where we are lured to find ourselves in the commodities and media we consume. The subjects in my work resonate with that ineffable quality of self-awareness and empowerment which we all seek, without being surrounded by the merchandise that popular culture would have us believe is the source. The ethereal spaces from which they emerge are rooted in natural forms, but made surreal or abstract in order to move away from the recognizable into something unexpected and transformative.

Mandy Tsung, visiting the Alex Diamond Mining Company HQ this fall. Photo by Choplogic.The viewer is engaged to think more deeply about the person they see and perhaps they will discover something about themselves in the process. In creating paintings like this, I hope to inspire the viewer to discover within themselves the same energy they perceive in my work."



available work
artist website
Mandy Tsung on Facebook


DESIGNXPORT-Festival: Ltd. Edition Alex Diamond-Tee by Frohstoff

This limited edition T-shirt will be screen printed by Frohstoff during this weekend's Designxport Pop up-Festival (colors may vary)During the Designxport Pop-Up Festival in Hamburg's Neustadt this weekend, FROHSTOFF Siebdruck- & Textilmanufaktur produces live a limited edition screen printed shirt by Alex Diamond


Saturday, Oct 20, from 7 - 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 21, from 12 - 10 p.m. 

More info on the Designxport-Festival: designxport.de/



Jo Fischer: PSYCHO

© Jo Fischer 2012. FRom his latest project: PSYCHOCheck this link for Jo Fischer's latest project PSYCHO ... 


George Hearts Maria: Vernissage, part 2, at Reeperbahn-Festival

heliumcowboy is part of the upcoming Reeperbahn-Festival in Hamburg (next week), and we cordially invite you to a special 'Midissage' of our current exhibition GEORGE HEARTS MARIA, taking place Wednesday, September 19, from 7 - 11 p.m. Also, we'll have extended opening hours at the gallery Thursday & Friday (12 - 7 p.m.) and Saturday (12 - 8 p.m.).

Link to the festival program


Im Rahmen des Reeperbahn-Festivals findet in diesem Jahr ein großes Kunstprogramm mit 40 Veranstaltungen statt, an dem auch wir teilnehmen werden mit der MIDISSAGE unserer Ausstellung GEORGE HEARTS MARIA (19 - 23 Uhr) sowie erweiterten Öffnungszeiten von Donnerstag (20.09.) bis Samstag (22.09).

Am Mittwoch, den 19. September, zwischen 19 Uhr und 23 Uhr, eröffnen insgesamt 7 Galerien in der Neustadt - und es gibt auch wieder einen geführten Shuttle-Service zwischen den jeweiligen Veranstaltungsorten. 

Hier alle Daten:

Mittwoch, 19. September, 19 - 23 Uhr: Ausstellungseröffnungen in der Neustadt bei


Unsere Öffnungszeiten während des Festivals: 

DO 20.09. + FR 21.09.: 12 - 19 Uhr
SA 22.09.: 12 - 18 Uhr

Link zum Festival-Programm


George hearts Maria: Artwork & Exhibition photos

Ryan Brennan's "Mini Gallery" at heliumcowboy, hosting the works of 30 international artists. Click image to view the photos.It's done. After a week of installing, Ryan V. Brennan finished his amazing Mini-Gallery that he built for the group exhibition "George hearts Maria" within our space. With the help of fellow artist friends Beau Stanton and Zac Braun, Lori Zimmer (the show's curator) and Lynzy Blair of Guns and Butter Creative, the weathered exterior and pristine interior of the tiny exhibition space got ready just in time for the opening last Saturday.

Come around and take a look at it yourself, this will be on display at least throughout September, or check out the images online:

exhibited artwork (and pricelist) | exhibition views | construction & vernissage 


George hearts Maria: Setting up for Saturday

Work in progress: Ryan Brennan's mini-gallery for the exhibition "George hearts Maria" (click image to view more photos)This saturday we'll open "George hearts Maria", a group show curated by Lori Zimmer from art Nerd New York. Artist Ryan Brennan is currently setting up a mini-gallery inside our current show, which will host artworks from 30 international artists. Check out this link for photos from the installation of the gallery.  

More information as well as profiles from the participating artists can be found here.  


In the press: X-Ray Magazine

(click to view the full story at ralfbecker.com)

Ralf Becker from chromjuwelen featured us in an article for X-Ray Magazine about "Motorkultur in Hamburg". Read about it at ralfbecker.com or the full article here.

Thanx a million!

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George hearts Maria: Artist profiles, Part XI

Today we introduce you to Trong Nguyen and Alex Diamond. You can see their artworks in our upcoming exhibition opening September 1st at George hearts Maria

Trong Nguyen

Trong Nguyen: Orphic Rug, acrylic and oil paint, 168 x 85cm, 2011

Born in Vietnam, artist and curator Trong now resides in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his work extensively including solo shows at Galerie Quynh in Vietnam in 2009 and the Fruit & Flower Deli in New York in 2008. His group exhibitions include Satellites at the Freies Museum in Berlin, Sequences in Iceland, and Performa in New York. His projects have been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Paper, Village Voice, and many other publications. Recently, Trong finished writing a "lost chapter" to The Da Vinci Code based on the secret love life of Marcel Duchamp. He is currently working on a "metaphysical GPS" application for the iPhone and his artist-as-company project, Humanitarians Not Heroes. He is the East Coast editor for popular art publication Art Slant, and was a contestant on Bravo TV’s reality show, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.”

Sein Tätigkeitsbereich ist umfangreich und verschiedendartig. Erst vor Kurzem verfasste Trong Nguyen ein Kapitel zum Da Vinci Code, das von einer verloren gegangenen Geschichte über Marcel Duchamps verborgenen Liebesleben handelt. Momentan brütet der Künstler und Kurator über einer "metaphysischen GPS-App" für das iPhone und arbeitet an der Weiterentwicklung seines Projektes "Humanitarians Not Heroes".

Der gebürtige Vietnamese ist der zuständige Redakteur für die US-amerikanische Ostküste des Pop-Art-Magazins Art Slant (wie so viele andere Künstler auch lebt Nguyen in Brooklyn). Darüber hinaus nahm er an der Realityshow "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" von Bravo TV teil. Seine Kunstwerke wurden in Einzelausstellungen in den Jahren 2008 bei Fruit & Flower Deli in New York und 2009 in der Galerie Quynh in Vietnam ausgestellt. Dazu kommen Gruppenausstellungen wie "Satellites" im Freien Museum in Berlin, "Sequences" in Island und "Performa" in New York. Die New York Times, Time Out New York, Paper, Village Voice und einige andere Publikationen rezensierten seine Projekte. 

artist website


Alex Diamond

Alex Diamond: The Lions Eye, ink, acrylic and coffee on driftwood, 20 x 15 x 9, 2012"The Alex Diamond Mining Company" is the latest chapter in the unusual story of Alex Diamond, an artist project that has been evading the definition of a fixed personality "behind the pictures" since it was conceived by Jörg Heikhaus and heliumcowboy in 2004. The TADMC advances the project with the broader base of an "artist-run cooperation".

The work created here develops iteratively in a process that is strongly influenced by tradition and craftsmanship. This can be seen in the works themselves, in how they are realised, in rooms and spaces, collected material, multiples, and editions. Works on and with wood; paintings with acrylics and spray cans as base for complex wood cuts; photographs, which are painted over; vintage block printing; furniture, installations, and complete rooms entirely out of wood - the extensive and technically wide opus made him into an acclaimed artists of this generation. Alex Diamond exhibited widely in Germany as well as in the USA, Spain and Switzerland.

Alex Diamond ist eine fiktive Kunstfigur, ein Künstlerprojekt, dass sich seit seiner Erschaffung durch Jörg Heikhaus und heliumcowboy im Jahr 2004 der Definition einer festgelegten Persönlichkeit „hinter den Bildern“ entzieht. Die 2010 gegründete ,The Alex Diamond Mining Company‘ (TADMC) ist das neueste Kapitel einer ungewöhnlichen Geschichte, mit der das Projekt eine breitere Basis im Stile einer „artist run corporation“ erhielt.

Das Atelier von Alex Diamond und der TADMC ist in den Werkstätten der Galerie heliumcowboy in der Hamburger Neustadt untergebracht. Das hier entstehende Werk entwickelt sich im Laufe der Zeit iterativ und in einem stark traditionell und handwerklich geprägten Prozess, sowohl im Bezug auf die Arbeiten als auch auf das Umsetzungsverfahren und die Räume und Orte. Arbeiten mit und auf Holz, Malerei und Spüharbeiten als Grundlage aufwändiger Holzschnitte, Fotografie, die übermalt und überzeichnet wird, historische Handdruckverfahren, Installationen, Möbel und ganze Räume aus Restholz - ein sehr umfangreiches und technisch variables Werk hat Alex Diamond in den letzten Jahren auch international zu einer wichtigen Stimme seiner Generation werden lassen, mit Galerieausstellungen in den USA, Spanien, der Schweiz und natürlich Deutschland. 

artist website

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