06 Feb 2019

Artwork of the month: February 2019

Helmut Lauschke, Undated
Landscape
Oil on Canvas, 804x804

Helmut Lauschke was born in 1934 in Cologne, Germany. As a child he experienced the Night of the Broken Glass in Cologne city. Lauschke studied medicine in Cologne and Munich and from 1985 till September 1998 he worked as a medical doctor and surgeon at Oshakati State Hospital. His art draws from his works as medical doctor, a time when Namibia was engulfed with the effects of the Apartheid regime. He performed more than 7000 operations under compromised and often very critical working conditions. One of Dr. Lauschke's significant achievements was developing operative management of dead tibial bone by vital fibular bone to avoid amputation of the legs infected (published April 1997 in the American “The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery).

“Landscape” is an expressive portrait, Dr. Lauschke painted in a impasto style, forming exaggerated facial expressions. At the centre of the landscape is a human face with the expression the doctor often witnessed on the faces of his patients. The artist has filled the whole canvas with different colours leaving no empty space, symbolizing the Oshakati state hospital that was always overcrowded as it was situated inside the war zone. Lauschke said that he included the vessel with flowers that represents his love and desire to serve the people in need in particularly mothers and children with kwashiorkor.

Lauschke is the author of two historical books titled; ‘On the Path to Freedom:The Forgotten Years’ and ‘Heroes and Dr. Omidhi’.

His  artworks are on exhibition in the Upper Gallery at the NAGN until the 16 February 2019.

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