Nicholas Uhlmann: Voyages to Here: 29 March to 30 April 2017
It has been three years since Nicholas Uhlmann has exhibited in Sydney. It has been a s richly productive period for this much admired Adelaide artist. Janet Clayton Gallery is proud to host this collection.
Gallery Director Janet Clayton said that Nicholas work strikes a perfect balance between craft skill, conceptual depth and aesthetic appeal. “It is simply beautiful work, Janet Clayton said. Physically, the wood and metal surfaces are perfectly formed and integrated, creating a tactile sensuality. In a world where art is so often demanding, blunt and showy, this work runs deep, quiet and is ultimately satisfying.
Nicholas Uhlmann lives and works in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, completing a BA in Visual Art, majoring in sculpture, at the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2002. Whilst a student, Nicholas developed a distinctive method of wrapping a steel armature in layers of thin metallic strips. Since then he has developed and refined this organic constructivist technique and, in the process, created a significant body of work from miniatures to large scale public sculptures.
Nicholas has held more than ten solo shows and exhibited in over fifty group shows and outdoor sculpture awards throughout Australia and overseas.
His unique sculptural language has proved successful in being scaled up for the public realm, including the installation of three large-scale sculptures for Housing SA’s UNO Apartment development on Waymouth St in the Adelaide CBD. Recently he has been awarded the Oz Minerals Copper Sculpture Award, won first prize in the Richard Cohen Memorial Sculpture Competition twice and the people’s choice award at the 2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial. This year, Nicholas completed five large outdoor sculptures for the New Royal Adelaide Hospital development, winning major public art funding from Arts SA.
Nicholas writes: Over the last five years, The ‘Voyager’ sculpture series has evolved as a poetic portrayal of human consciousness and its inexorable quest to chart an independent reality. As a sculptor, the dance between form and void always interests me, not only on a material level, but also as a meditation on the framework of human consciousness. So, within my work there is often a dynamic union of opposites and a fullness of sculptural form that tapers to a point, alerting the viewer to the interdependence between form, space and consciousness.
For further information, contact Janet Clayton on 0401 996 990, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Voyages to Here runs from 29 March to 30 April, opening on Friday 31 March from 6pm-8pm. Janet Clayton Gallery will be closed over the Easter weekend from Good Friday, reopening on Thursday 20 April.