Limited Edition, Edition of: 100, Signed
2019 / 2020
Wolfgang Uhlig
Work details

Portugal West Coast

The diptychs featured in Wolfgang Uhlig's "By the Sea" series combine the vastness of the sea with the familiarity of the shore, serving as an invitation to remember and dream. The Frankfurter photo artist is considered an innovative master of marine photography. He conveys the vastness and liveliness of the open sea in a reduced visual language that captivates his audience with new forms of representation.
39.5 x 66.5
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LIMITED EDITION OF 100, SIGNED
Photo Print Mounted Under Matte Acrylic, Showcase Frame, Maple White.
TWO PANELS INDIVIDUALLY FRAMED
(1x) 100,4 x 108,4 cm
(1x) 100,4 x 60,4 cm

40.9 x 67.9" (External dimensions)

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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