Ulrich Stalph is a German born Australian artist. He studied at academies in Germany and universities in Australia. Ulrich is known for his landscape paintings and his nude pastel work.
Ulrich is an exhibiting artist and has had solo shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Ulrich has also won numerous painting and drawing awards. The scope of his work varies and can be found in both corporate and private collections.
'I was born in East Germany and arrived in Australia in 1964. I decided to make art part of my life. In 1969 I joined the VAS and won the applied chemical prize in that year. I also won the Deputy Lord Mayors Award in 1999 the Udine award in 2002, and also won the Winter and Spring exhibitions in 2007.
In 1975 I completed a Dip. Fine Art at RMIT and B.Ed in 1975. During 1975-76 I held two one man shows, the first at VAS, the other at the Hawthorn City Art gallery. Both exhibitions received enthusiastic critiques from "The Herald” art critic Alan McCulloch. They helped me being awarded a DAAD scholarship to the art academies in Düsseldorf and Munich. It was very disappointing. Concept art had taken over the western art scene, all J Beuys. In my opinion an over curated intellectual blurb. S Sontag “interpretation” is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
On my return to Australia I started full time teaching, applied art at RMIT and rediscovered the Australian landscape working from memory. The large paintings with their straight horizons, blue skies and high clouds were recollections of the Wimmera-Mallee from trips two decades earlier. During the 80’s I held 3 very successful exhibitions at the “Australian gallery”, with Artbank purchasing 12 of these works.
In the year 2000 I resigned from teaching to paint and draw full time. I also spare a little time to read philosophy, mostly on art and aesthetics. Pythagoras and the divinity of proportion and numbers, Plato’s allegory of the cave, what constitutes (visual) reality, Nietzsche’s dichotomy of Apollo-reason, clarity and logic, Dionysus- instinct, intuition and emotion, both necessary in varying degrees to make a work of art. Occasionally I teach small groups or 1:1 in my studio.'
1968 Certificate Fine Art, Caulfield
1974 Diploma Fine Art, RMIT
1975 Diploma Education
1977-78 Study Tour London, Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, Berlin, Vienna, Kassel
1978 B.A. RMIT
2001 Study Tour Paris, Weimar, Dresden, Munich, Athens
2006 Study Tour Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague
1977 – 78 D.A.A.D Goethe Institute, Worked at Academies in Dusseldorf and Munich
2013 Studio Exhibition Melbourne
2011 MAS Gallery, Melbourne
2004-2005Pollock Gallery Melbourne
1999 Survey – VAS Gallery Melbourne
1988 Barry Stern Gallery Sydney
1987 Australian Gallery Melbourne
1985 Barry Stern Gallery Sydney
1984 Australian Gallery Melbourne
1982 Australian Gallery Melbourne
1979 Stuart Gerstman Gallery Melbourne, Greenhill Gallery Adelaide
1977 Gallerie Vieler und Bandel, Dusseldorf
1976 Hawthorn City Gallery Melbourne Vas Gallery Melbourne
1969 Manyung Gallery Melbourne
2014 Without Pier Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Dobell Drawing Prize, Gallery of NSW Devonport Regional Gallery Tidal Prize
1985 Australian Gallery, Melbourne
1979-1981 Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington
1977 Munich Academy, Munich
1968-1974 Corio Prize Geelong
1990 – 2000 RMIT TAFE Visual Merchandising
1978 - 1990 MCD TAFE Visual Merchandising
2012 4th arc Yinnar Biennial Drawing Prize
2007 Winter Exhibition & Spring Exhibition VAS, Melbourne
2004 Deputy Lord Mayor VAS, Melbourne
2001 Undine VAS, Melbourne
1999 Deputy Lord Mayor VAS, Melbourne
1981 Inez Hutchinson, Melbourne
1973 Caltex, Flinders
1969 Applied Chemical VAS, Melbourne
1965 Inez Hutchinson, Melbourne
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