Wolfgang Uhlig - Pictures, Art, Photography

Wolfgang Uhlig

  CORDOAMA by Wolfgang Uhlig
CORDOAMA
Ocean
from € 3,369  to € 5,489
  Sea #13 by Wolfgang Uhlig
Sea #13
Ocean
  54° 13' 34.2'' N 11° 05' 26.8'' E by Wolfgang Uhlig
54° 13' 34.2'' N 11° 05' 26.8'' E
Ocean
from € 1,949  to € 2,959
  39° 33' 49.5'' N 2° 38' 29.5'' E by Wolfgang Uhlig
39° 33' 49.5'' N 2° 38' 29.5'' E
Ocean
€ 4,609
  Mouranitos by Wolfgang Uhlig
Mouranitos
Ocean
from € 1,349  to € 6,049
  BLUE by Wolfgang Uhlig
BLUE
Ocean
from € 1,409  to € 6,399
  Sea #14  by Wolfgang Uhlig
Sea #14
Ocean
from € 1,719  to € 6,499
  Sea #15 by Wolfgang Uhlig
Sea #15
Ocean
from € 1,719  to € 6,499
  Seesaw Seascape XI by Wolfgang Uhlig
Seesaw Seascape XI
Lenticular
€ 2,089
  Seesaw Seascape XII by Wolfgang Uhlig
Seesaw Seascape XII
Lenticular
€ 4,349
  37°5`14.10‘‘N 8°24’58.22‘‘W by Wolfgang Uhlig
37°5`14.10‘‘N 8°24’58.22‘‘W
Time
from € 1,079  to € 1,939
  37°4`49.49‘‘N 8°18’58.27‘‘W by Wolfgang Uhlig
37°4`49.49‘‘N 8°18’58.27‘‘W
Time
from € 1,079  to € 1,769
  37°6`31.44‘‘N 8°31’46.24‘‘W by Wolfgang Uhlig
37°6`31.44‘‘N 8°31’46.24‘‘W
Time
from € 1,079  to € 1,769
  37°4`25.00‘‘N 8°18’11.20‘‘W by Wolfgang Uhlig
37°4`25.00‘‘N 8°18’11.20‘‘W
Time
from € 1,079  to € 1,769
  Baltic Sea by Wolfgang Uhlig
Baltic Sea
By the sea
€ 1,829
  Oceano Atlantico II by Wolfgang Uhlig
Oceano Atlantico II
By the sea
€ 1,829
  Portugal West Coast by Wolfgang Uhlig
Portugal West Coast
By the sea
€ 1,829
  Algarve by Wolfgang Uhlig
Algarve
Black and White
from € 909  to € 1,359
  Algarve II by Wolfgang Uhlig
Algarve II
Black and White
from € 909  to € 1,359
  Algarve III by Wolfgang Uhlig
Algarve III
Black and White
from € 909  to € 1,359
  Sainte-Maxime by Wolfgang Uhlig
Sainte-Maxime
Vision
from € 639  to € 2,659
  Saint-Raphaël by Wolfgang Uhlig
Saint-Raphaël
Vision
from € 569  to € 2,029
  Théoule-sur-Mer by Wolfgang Uhlig
Théoule-sur-Mer
Vision
from € 569  to € 2,029
  Mar Tirreno by Wolfgang Uhlig
Mar Tirreno
XXL - By the sea
€ 5,969
  Sea #9 by Wolfgang Uhlig
Sea #9
Minis
€ 129

Background Information about Wolfgang Uhlig

Introduction

ABOUT THE WORK

Ocean

Peacefully, the water extends as far as the eye can see. And though we conjure up the sound of the waves, we perceive an indefinite, invigorating stillness. Rarely does the sea seem so bare and so majestic at once as it does in Wolfgang Uhlig’s work.
Uhlig sets himself apart with his reduced visual language, and his work conveys absolute tranquility and beauty. There is nothing that could disrupt the idyllic scenery – no people, no civilization, not even any ships. The artist also purposely keeps the beach completely out of frame, allowing the viewer to become completely engulfed. Uhlig’s depictions of the shimmering water seem to reveal the ocean’s various moods, its states of mind spanning the entire spectrum of human emotion. Viewers’ own memories seem to become visible in the depths

Black and White

Calm and still appears the sea in Wolfang Uhlig's first black and white series. Uhling, an innovative master of marine photography, always finds new ways to reinterpret and depict his motif. Waves break upon the rocks of the coast with an incomparable tranquility. The sky soars above and beyond the water, reaching into the distance, giving the scene a spatial depth that lures the viewer into a dream. The Portuguese Algarve have a timeless elegance when depicted in classic black-and-white photographs with beautifully highlighted white margins. Uhlig's series inspire and captivate collectors all over the world with their emotional visual language. The Frankfurt-based photographer uses long exposures to create a painterly effect in his maritime landscapes.

Vision

The vastness of the sea is explored in Wolfgang Uhlig’s Vision series. The photographs are full of emotions and ideas that guide your gaze and thoughts into the distance like a swift wave. In his works the skilled photographer emulates the seductive call of the sea and gives the viewer the opportunity to let their imagination unfold. To achieve this effect, he approaches his motif from a special angle – the viewer stands at eye level with the sea. The turbulent waters and the blue sky are shown in precise arrangement. The horizon runs directly through the middle of his works, which offers a contemplative view with sublime order.

The series was inspired by the world-famous adventurer, pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who understood the vastness of seas and deserts. He once said: "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Wolfgang Uhlig takes this longing and transforms it into works of art that stimulate the eye and mind of the viewer, every day.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in 1962, Wolfgang Uhlig learned his trade as an assistant to various photographers between 1986 and 1990. After studying to be an art teacher at the University in Frankfurt am Main, he stayed in the Hessian city, where he has been a freelance photographer since 1992. Other than that, little is known about the “Master of wanderlust” – his photos speak for themselves.

TECHNIQUE

The Frankfurt-based artist always keeps his focus on the sea, capturing this atmospheric subject at different times of day and in diverse weather conditions. Providing a common structure, the horizon is what ties Uhlig’s Ocean series together, allowing him to present the shifting colours of sky and sea in a formation of clearly defined lines.

At dawn, the sea is bathed in a soft light. Soon thereafter, the sun highlights its powerful colours. With great subtlety, the photographer creates his images of the sea in the most diverse shades of blue. Through his atmospheric approach, the artist captivates the viewer, evoking memories of the classical landscape paintings of William Turner or Caspar David Friedrich. Uhlig’s insightful works are links to art history that stand out through their sheer precision.

Bio

1962born in Darmstadt, Germany
1986-1990Assistance to various photographers
1990-1992 Art education, University Frankfurt, Germany
1992lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany

Exhibitions

2000FFF, group exhibition, Studio Gutleut, Frankfurt, Germany
20021/8 motion, solo exhibition, Galerie Morgan, Frankfurt, Germany
2005Seltmann Werbefoto, group exhibition, Städtische Galerie, Lüdenscheid, Germany
2008See-Conference Deepol, group exhibition, Wiesbaden, Germany
2009Access All Areas, group exhibition, Die Firma, Wiesbaden, Germany
2009Werbefotopreis 2009, group exhibition, Postfuhramt Berlin, Germany
2011Skyscraper, solo exhibition, Holzhausen Schlösschen, Frankfurt
2013FAMILIE, Festival für zeitgenössische Fotografie, Wiesbaden
2017Sichtweise, group exhibition, BFF, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart
2017Aus dem Archiv, group exhibition, BFF, Frankfurt am Main
2019LONLINESS, group exhibition, 50 Jahre BFF, Stuttgart, Hamburg und Berlin

Interview

Picasso once said, "You don't make art, you find it." Where do you find your art?

I find my art in nature, in the different views of the ocean - at different times of the year, at different times of the day, and in different locations.


From concept to creation: How do you approach your work?


I watch and wait for the right moment. The harmony of the elements is very important to me as well as a pure and authentic representation. Everyone should find their own perspective of the ocean.


What’s your favorite book?


“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.


Which artist would you like to have coffee with and what would you talk about?

Helmut Newton is a photographer I would have wanted to have coffee with. His approach and the objective of his art would certainly be topics of conversation.


How did you develop an interest in art?


By playing around while looking for scenes. I look at a situation and try to imagine it "out of focus". The subsequent interlocking of objects results in a progression of colors and contrasts. Since 1986/87 I have been able to produce great results with this technique, which I still practice today. That's how I came to art.


Who in your life influences you the most?


My family.


If you had a time machine, where would you go?


Always to the ocean... no matter the era.


What is your greatest passion, aside from art?

Fast cars and the local soccer club...


What are you working on at the moment?


I am currently working on a new concept in my future home Portugal. Capturing the ocean and it's variability, because images are our visual stimuli. Every ocean is unique, it's all about diversity.