Nicholas Uhlmann is a mid-career sculptor living and working in the Adelaide Hills, He completed a BA Visual Art, majoring in sculpture, at the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2002. Whilst a student, Nicholas invented a distinctive method of wrapping a steel armature in layers of thin metallic strips. Since then he has refined this organic constructivist technique through the creation of a large body of work that has included miniatures to large scale public sculptures. He has held more than 10 solo shows and exhibited in over fifty group shows and outdoor sculpture awards throughout Australia and overseas.
Uhlmann's unique sculptural language has successfully scaled up for the public domain, including the installation of three large-scale sculptures for Housing SA’s UNO Apartment development on Waymouth St in the Adelaide CBD. Recently he was 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. The artist has just finished creating five large outdoor sculptures for the New Royal Adelaide Hospital development, winning major public art funding from Arts SA.
My earliest works were born out of purely gestural and spontaneous movements. As I continue to work the language and vocabulary within the sculpture has evolved to approach questions of emptiness and independent arising in a more poetic and whimsical way. The ‘Voyager’ sculpture series that I have developed over the last five years can be seen as a poetic portrayal of human consciousness and its inexorable quest in charting a seemingly 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. These features aim to alert the viewer of the interdependence between form, space and consciousness.