Life in full colour

21 January 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Running at the National Art Gallery in the capital until 16 February, is Of the Greatness of Life, a solo exhibition by Dr Helmut Lauschke.

Consisting of a number of expressive paintings, the collection draws from his career as medical doctor and the time he spent working in northern Namibia. The paintings are particularly inspired by the people of the area and their way of life and how they lived especially in a time filled with so many challenges.

Lauschke was born on 10 September 1934 in Cologne, Germany. He lived through the “Kristallnacht” or Night of the Broken Glass and the World War II. Lauschke studied medicine and specialized in traumatology and plastic-reconstructive surgery in Germany. He arrived in Namibia January 1985, and worked as a medical doctor at Oshakati state hospital in the northern Namibia until September 1998.

The experiences in the north moved Lauschke deeply, and he depicts his experience through his paintings. His artworks bring to the viewer's attention the psychological and physical suffering that the war caused.

Apart from his vast medical experience, Lauschke is dedicated to visual arts, and this is his third solo exhibition at the NAGN.

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