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.
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.
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.
|1962||born in Darmstadt, Germany|
|1986-1990||Assistance to various photographers|
|1990-1992||Art education, University Frankfurt, Germany|
|1992||lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany|
|2000||FFF, group exhibition, Studio Gutleut, Frankfurt, Germany|
|2002||1/8 motion, solo exhibition, Galerie Morgan, Frankfurt, Germany|
|2005||Seltmann Werbefoto, group exhibition, Städtische Galerie, Lüdenscheid, Germany|
|2008||See-Conference Deepol, group exhibition, Wiesbaden, Germany|
|2009||Access All Areas, group exhibition, Die Firma, Wiesbaden, Germany|
|2009||Werbefotopreis 2009, group exhibition, Postfuhramt Berlin, Germany|