To really understand the background of this, we have to go back a bit … say to 15 years ago.

 Jörg Heikhaus 2002 at his studio that became the heliumcowboy artspace.

Jörg Heikhaus 2002 at his studio that became the heliumcowboy artspace.

 Jörg Heikhaus aka Alex Diamond. Studio portrait by Julia Schwendner (2017).

Jörg Heikhaus aka Alex Diamond. Studio portrait by Julia Schwendner (2017).

In Jörg's own words:

"The photo left was the first portrait of me taken at the brand new heliumcowboy artspace in Sterntraße 4 in Hamburg. Behind me are some good ol’ stupid oil (!) paintings I did back then. Initially I rented that place as a workshop for me as an artist, but once I’ve moved in I quickly decided that though it was a really great studio, it was at least equally perfect for making exhibitions.

And that’s what I wanted to do then: create my own art AND make shows with other artists in the same place! I started out by inviting friends to exhibit there, but quickly moved on to finding exciting, upcoming national and international artists and brought them to my little gallery space in Hamburg St. Pauli.

However … doing my own art became more and more difficult. Running a gallery is very time-consuming and requires a lot of energy and passion. And because heliumcowboy was becoming this insane success story it drove my personal art right out of the artspace, and eventually led to the “birth” of Alex Diamond in 2004. It was an anonymous stand-alone art project I created to be able to still continue my art, but outside of everything else.

I explained the background of this to the lovely Maximilane Meissner in 2012, when she was writing for the infamous MODART magazine and the NoNewEnemies-network.

Good reading if you want to learn more about the development of the Alex Diamond-project."
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