Islands of sleep II

Paul UHLMANN: artist

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About the work

Uhlmann’s painting practice evolves from a creative process that commences with the artist photographing his primary source material: images of seas, skies and atmospheres from the South-West of Western Australia. These images are used as research material to support his search for the articulation of the intangible, the indeterminate and the incomprehensible. He says about his paintings: “Conceptually I am interested in revealing the almost primordial inner darkness of the self and relating to the very real experience of an Australian nocturnal vastness. Conversely this darkness is also consumed by excessive light." This diptych achieves its dense material presence through the embedding and scraping of paint into the canvas surface and represents the artist’s pursuit of material effects that are both vaporous and opaque.
Islands of sleep II
Artist/Maker and role
Paul UHLMANN: artist
oil on canvas (diptych)
(a) 106.5 x 65.8 cm
(b) 106.5 x 61.2 cm
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Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the paintings in our collection.