Ulrike Kessler

About

I love contemporary art, and I love to experiment with and combine different media while maintaining a playful way of doing things. Taking inspiration from numerous travels, as well as from everyday life, objects, photos or printed material, my works can remain close to the original but often stray quite far.

At the moment I am using oil paints almost exclusively and am quite fascinated. You can already see some initial results under “Figurative”. Another topic that is increasingly interesting to me is the value of colors.

I am curious to see where this journey takes me!

I love contemporary art, and I love to experiment with and combine different media while maintaining a playful way of doing things. Taking inspiration from numerous travels, as well as from everyday life, objects, photos or printed material, my works can remain close to the original but often stray quite far.

At the moment I am using oil paints almost exclusively and am quite fascinated. You can already see some initial results under “Figurative”.

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Exhibitions
2023
Participation Winter Exhibition Art Associations Lörrach, Schopfheim, and Weil am Rhein, Germany.
2022
Participation Final Exhibition of the one-year study programme Drawing and Painting with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Kolbermoor, Germany).
2020
Paintings (Participation Ateliertage Sulzburg, Germany).
2020
Solo-Exhibition "Something Deep Inside": Paintings, Drawings, Artist Books (Freiburg, Germany). Opening speech by Dr. Paul-Hermann Gruner, Darmstadt, Germany. (Exhibition videos are linked underneath the social media buttons).
2019
"Traces": Drawings, Paintings, Prints (together with Helen Boyd, Hong Kong, China).
2018
Drawings, Paintings, Prints (Participation Ateliertage Sulzburg, Germany).
2017
Drawings (Participation final exhibition of Drawing Experiments: class of Esther Hiepler, at School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG), Basel, Switzerland.
2010
Participation "Seite um Seite", Forum Künstlerbuch Basel (Galerie Zimmermannhaus, Brugg, Switzerland).
Education (art-related)
2023
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Fine Arts) Kolbermoor, Germany: Summer Academy with Prof. Markus Lüpertz, Berlin, Germany.
2023
Black Pond Studio, Rehobot, MA, U.S.A.: Three online seminars with Jennifer Pochinski, BFA, Providence, RI, U.S.A.
2023
Kunstfabrik Wien, Austria: Two online seminars with Mag. Bogdan Pascu, Vienna, Austria.
2022
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Fine Arts) Kolbermoor, Germany: Advanced Seminar Drawing and Painting, with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany.
2022
Freie Kunstakademie Augsburg, Germany: Das grossformatige Portrait (Large Scale Portrait Painting), with Mag. Bogdan Pascu, Vienna, Austria.
2022
Kunstfabrik Wien, Austria: Five online seminars with Mag. Bogdan Pascu, Vienna, Austria.
2021 - 2022
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Fine Arts) Kolbermoor, Germany: One-year study programme Drawing and Painting, with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany.
2021 - 2023
Weekly evening class (online) with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany.
2021
Freie Kunstakademie Augsburg, Germany: Three online seminars, with Mag. Bogdan Pascu, Vienna, Austria.
2019
Kunstakademie Allgäu, Germany: Grossformatige Malerei (Large Scale Painting), with Dagmar Wassong, Trier, Germany.
2019
International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Venice, Italy: Painting Masterclasses, with Wolf Werdigier, Vienna, Austria, and Virginie Bailly, Brussels, Belgium.
2018
Landscapes Summer Course, with Johannes Buchholz, Berlin and Essen, Germany.
2018
International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Venice, Italy: Painting Masterclass, with Wolf Werdigier, Vienna, Austria.
2018
Art Students League, New York, U.S.A.: Painting, Composition, Color: class of Margret McCann, New York, U.S.A., and Expressive Watercolor: class of Elizabeth Allison, New York, U.S.A.
2017 - 2021
School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG, Basel, Switzerland: Drawing Experiments: class of Esther Hiepler, Basel; Experimental Pictorial Processes: class of Simone Berger, Liestal; Elementary Colour: class of Liliane Steiner, Basel; Clay Portrait Studies, Wood Sculpture with Ellen Baumbusch, Sulzburg, Germany; Stone Sculpture with Sebastian Probst, Cologne, Germany.
2009
School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG, Basel, Switzerland: Relief printing, toner transfer, experimental printing: class of Krassimira Drenska Wirz, Basel, SfG.
1998 - 2021
Regular evening classes, mostly at School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG, Basel, Switzerland: Drawing, Nude drawing, Oil Painting, Photography, Etching, Engraving, Serigraphy.
Curriculum vitae (Selection)
Since 2023
Regular member of Verein Bildende Kunst (Visual Arts Association), Loerrach, Germany.
Since 2022
Regular member of Kunstverein (Art Association), Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Since 2018
Working in my own studio.
2014-2022
Swiss International Law School (SiLS) Co-Founder (2014), Educational director (2014-2017), CEO (2017-2018), Chair of SiLS Association (2018-2022).
2007-2010
Master studies at the University of Central Lancashire, graduation (MSc) with a qualitative study on the quality of the education at a private Swiss educational institution in 2011.
1985-2014
Psychotherapist and homoeopathic practitioner, teacher, and supervisor in Freiburg, Germany and Basel, Switzerland.
Numerous travels (India, Egypt, United States, Patagonia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Thailand, New Zealand, Cameroon, Fidji, Tonga, Bali, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Australia, Guatemala, Mexico, Seychelles, Iceland, and others).
1956
Born in Rockenhausen, Germany. Married.

Contact

info@ulrikekessler.art