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. The results of my experiments are often surprising – not only for the viewer but also for me as the artist. I hope you see my spirit of play at work and take inspiration from it!

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. The results of my experiments are often surprising – not only for the viewer but also for me as the artist.

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Education (art-related)
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, Figurative Abstraktion III; Figur, Bewegung, Raum (Figure, Movement, Space) (two online seminars), with Mag. Bogdan Pascu, Vienna, Austria
2021/22
Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of the Fine Arts) Kolbermoor, Germany, One-year study programme Drawing and Painting, with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany
Since 2021
Regular evening class (online) with Felix Eckardt, Hamburg, Germany
2021
Kunstfabrik Wien, Austria, Figurative Abstraktion II (online seminar), with Mag. Bogdan Pascu, Vienna, Austria
2021
Freie Kunstakademie Augsburg, Germany, Figurative Abstraktion I; Urban Painting (two 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 Masterclass, with Wolf Werdigier, Vienna, Austria
2019
International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Venice, Italy, Painting Masterclass, with 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
Painting, Composition, Color: class of Margret McCann, Art Students League, New York
2018
Expressive Watercolor: class of Elizabeth Allison, Art Students League, New York
2017 - 2021
Drawing Experiments: class of Esther Hiepler, Basel, School of Applied Arts / Schule fuer Gestaltung, SfG; Experimental Pictorial Processes: class of Simone Berger, SfG; Elementary Colour: class of Liliane Steiner, Basel, SfG, Clay Portrait Studies, Wood Sculpture with Ellen Baumbusch, Sulzburg, Germany; Stone Sculpture with Sebastian Probst, Cologne, Germany
2009
Relief printing, toner transfer, experimental printing: class of Krassimira Drenska Wirz, Basel, SfG
1998-2021
Regular evening classes, mostly at SfG: drawing, nude drawing, oil painting, photography, etching, engraving, serigraphy
Exhibitions
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
"Something Deep Inside": Paintings, Drawings, Artist Books (Freiburg, Germany) Opening speech by Dr. Paul-Hermann Gruner (in German): https://vimeo.com/462561595
2020
Participation "Bändigung der Dämonen / Taming of the Demons" (online), Venice, Italy (https://www.sommerakademievenedig.com/de/baendigung-der-daemonen.html)
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:)
Curriculum vitae (Selection)
Since 2018
Working in my own studio
Since 2018
Chair of SiLS Association (www.swissintlawschool.org)
2014-2018
Swiss International Law School (SiLS) Co-Founder, Educational director, CEO (2017-2018)
2007-2010
Master studies at the University of Central Lancashire, graduation (MSc) with a qualitative study on the quality of the education at a small 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, and others)
1956
Born in Rockenhausen, Germany. Married.

Contact

info@ulrikekessler.de