Manfred Kielnhofer was born in Haslach an der Mühl, Austria. He currently lives and works in Linz, Austria where he opened the gallery ‘Art Park‘ in 2005. Kielnhofer is self-taught and hiswork spans the mediums of painting, film, photography, installation, performance and sculpture.
Kielnhofer’s work is predominantly concerned with the human figure, and its various forms andmovements. The figure is an integral part of his work, and he often uses the human form as atool, either in place of a canvas, or in a collaboration to produce large-scale installations orperformances.
Kielnhofer has exhibited widely throughout Austria and his work has recently been featured inexhibitions in New York and Miami. Kielnhofer’s Timeguards represent the first of his works tobe exhibited in the UK.
Manfred Kielnhofer’s Timeguards, the Foundation’s newest arrivals, cut imposing figures in the Cass Sculpture Foundation’s woodland setting. This sinister group evokes many genres, fromfantasy to mythology and the gothic, as a result of their sombre, shrouded forms. Thesenecromantic figures, based upon the ancient theme of the ‘time guardian,’ depict beings fromanother realm who, in ancient cultures and civilisations, would have been deemed responsiblefor paranormal goings-on.
The human form is central to Kielnhofer’s artistic practice. He is preoccupied with the body’svarious forms and movements which he appropriates through a number of mediums, fromcanvas to installations and performance works. Kielnhofer’s work has been exhibitedthroughout his native Austria and has featured in exhibitions in New York and Miami.Timeguards represents Kielnhofer’s sculptural debut in the UK.