A solo exhibition by Paul Uhlmann that presents paintings and drawings as thought spaces. Light and its absence have long been the underlying determining forces in Uhlmanns work. In this exhibition the viewer will be confronted with polarities of darkness and light where the work hovers between a reality of the known, and the unchartered.
Paul Uhlmann employs a methodology of chance and destruction, agitation and opposition through painting to allow the work to develop its own form - its own image. Initial investigative attempts are often abandoned, destroyed or painted over as the primary motivating form struggles to emerge. Such destructive restlessness is reflected in the pace of life in contemporary society, the obsession with the new, the constant destruction and renewal of cities.
The artist takes photographs of his primary source material: images of seas, skies and atmospheres from the South West, and employs these images as research material to support his search. What is brought forward is a remnant of this impossible search for articulation of the intangible, the incomprehensible, the indeterminate. It is never definitive, the project has never arrived, what we see on exhibition is a marker of a continuous process.
b. 1962, Sydney
Paul Uhlmann is an artist working in painting, drawing and print-making who has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas. He studied Fine Arts at the Canberra School of Art and undertook postgraduate studies in West Germany and Holland. He has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships including the German DAAD Scholarship, a Samstag International Scholarship and a four month study grant from the Australia Council to further investigate fresco and installation painting in Florence, Italy.
His work is held in collections at the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian National Library, the QLD and NSW State Libraries, the City of Bunbury, the City of Fremantle, Edith Cowan University, Australian National University, Bank West, Art Bank and the Amcor Paper Awards Collection. Since 1996 he has been Program coordinator of the Visual Arts Program, Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Campus, Western Australia.
Hallucinations an exhibition of paintings and digital prints by Paul Uhlmann at PICAs west end gallery, PICA 30.10.02 – 24.11.02