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Ulrich Stalph


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.


Ulrich Stalph VAS with his oil painting titled 'Predawn Landscape' (Diptych)
Winner of 2nd Prize in the 2022 VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year November 2022
Photography by Ron Smith OAM HON FVAS, VAS Councillor, Victorian Artists Society


Ulrich Stalph VAS with his winning drawing in charcoal titled 'Pamula River'.
Winner of the 3rd Prize in the 'Edward Heffernan Drawing Prize' at VAS November 2022
Photography by Ron Smith OAM HON FVAS, VAS Councillor, Victorian Artists Society

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

Solo Exhibitions

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

Selected Group Shows

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


Art Bank, Qantas, Foster Brewing, Price Waterhouse, RMIT, Latrobe Uni, Sofotel, Mornington Regional Gallery, Bayside Council, Retirement Victoria, Crown Casino.



'Otways', pastel


'Barmah Forest Flood'


Ben Boyd National Coastal Park NSW


'Pre-Dawn Summer Heat'




Works by Ulrich Stalph

Ulrich Stalph_Predawn Landscape_AOTY 2022
Predawn Landscape
Ulrich Stalph
Award Winner Banner2
$ 9,500.00
U_Stalph_Barmah Forest Flood
The Barmah Forest Flood—Disorientation
Ulrich Stalph
Mixed Media
$ 7,500.00
Ulrich Stalph
Mixed Media
$ 3,200.00
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