My earliest works were born out of purely gestural and spontaneous movements. As I continue to work the language and vocabulary within the sculpture has evolved to approach questions of emptiness and independent arising in a more poetic and whimsical way.
The Dream Voyager series weave a metaphor for ones habitual act of projecting the internal mind stream upon a seemingly external and separate world.

In broader terms, my current work aims to express the duality between the comforts of initial mind recognition processes and a more expansive experience of ‘emptiness’. The work furthers my exploration of creating sculpture that invites the viewer into an expanded perception field so that a broader reality of matter may be experienced unhindered by projected labels.
Opening up and exploring a wider space of perception creates the possibility to experience the true nature of reality. The literal components of the work act as initial points to then entice the viewer beyond language and into an experiential interplay with the sculpture.

Nicholas Uhlmann

Nicholas Uhlmann, May 2011



Nicholas Uhlmann has exhibited widely in group shows throughout Australia and also overseas, with increasing recognition and demand for his work. He has held six solo shows with the most recent at BMGART, Adelaide, receiving very positive reviews. He is currently showing two outdoor sculptures in the prestigious ‘Sculpture At The Grove’, United Kingdom alongside the likes of Phillip King and Nicholas Moreton. He has just won a major public sculpture commission for a Housing SA Apartment development in the Adelaide CBD.


Nicholas Uhlmann - Born 1974, Sydney, Australia

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2002Bachelor of Visual Art and Applied Design, AITArts, Adelaide

2000Three month studio residency, Bronsgieterij Sijen Art Foundry, The Netherlands

1992-2000Travels extensively throughout South-East Asia, India, Nepal,  South America, Turkey, Israel, Greece and Western Europe.   
1992-2000Studies Lam Rim meditation in two month-long retreats in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu valley, Nepal

1997-1999Advanced Diploma of Visual Art, NASA, Adelaide


2014 Janet Clayton Gallery, Danks St Depot, Sydney, New South Wales
2013 BMGART, Adelaide, South Australia
2010 Pivotal Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria
2010 BMGART (SALA Show) Adelaide, South Australia
2007 Coriole Music Festival, South Australia
2007 BMGART (SALA Show) Adelaide, South Australia
2004 BMGART, Adelaide, South Australia
2002 BMGART, Adelaide, South Australia


2013Sculpture For Sight, Sight For All Foundation, SA
2013Fleurieu Art Priz 2013 Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, SA
2013Ex Aqua, Light Square Gallery, SA
2013Oz Minerals Copper Sculpture Award, Adelaide Airport, SA
2013In Situ, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, SA
2013'Dream Voyager', SALA, Terminal One, Adelaide Airport, SA
2013Richard Cohen OAM Memorial Sculpture Competition, SA
2013Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures, SA
2012Manyung Galleries (18 sculptures), Mt Eliza, VIC
2012Richard Cohen Memorial Sculpture Competition, Burnside, SA
2012Melbourne Sculpture Prize, Art Melbourne, VIC
2012Heysen Sculpture Biennial, Hahndorf, SA
2012Palmer Sculpture Biennial, SA
2012'Sculpture', Janet Clayton Gallery at Danks, Sydney
2012Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures, SA
2011'Sculpturescape', Lorne Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne, VIC
2011'Sculpt', Fluerieu Sculpture Invitational, SA.
2011'From the outside’, Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney.
2011‘The Protégé’, Aptos Cruz Galleries, SA
2011 Manyung Galleries, Mt Eliza, VIC
2011Sculpture At The Grove, United Kingdom
2011WithoutPier Galleries, Melbourne
2011Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures, SA

2010Final show, PIVOTAL Galleries, Melbourne
2010Evolving Elements, Aptos Cruz Galleries, SA
2010Artscape Sculpture Biennial, NSW
2010PIVOTAL Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2010Palmer Sculpture Biennial, SA

2009Lorne Sculpture Exhibition, VIC
2009'Fresh Air', Quenington Sculpture Show, United Kingdom.
2009Burford House, United Kingdom
2009‘Art Melbourne 09’, (PIVOTAL Galleries), Melbourne, VIC
2009Sculpture on the Cliffs, Elliston, SA

2008'Hinterland', Country Arts SA, touring regional galleries in SA
2008PIVOTAL Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2008Macquarie Bank Fine Arts exhibition, SA
2008Fleurieu Biennial, K1 Winery, Kiutpo, SA
2008Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Adelaide Festival, Palmer, SA

2007PIVOTAL Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2007Burghley House Sculpture Park, Lincolnshire, UK
2008'Fresh Air', Quenington Sculpture Show, UK.
2008Coriole festival, Coriole Winery, SA
2008Finalist, Montalto Sculpture Prize, Montalto Winery, Victoria

2006PIVOTAL Galleries, Melbourne
2006Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Palmer, SA
2006Sculpture 2006, MaunsellWickes Gallery, Sydney

2005'Sculpture By The Sea', Sydney, NSW
2005'Aquasculpture', Town Green, Port Macquarie, NSW
2005'SWELL' Sculpture Festival, Currumbin beach, QLD
2005 Nicholas Uhlmann, SOHO Galleries, Sydney
2005'Sculpture Inside', MaunsellWickes @ BSG, Sydney
2005ARTWORKS Contemporary, Southport, QLD
2005Sydney Affordable Art Show, (SOHO Galleries), Sydney

2004Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, NSW
2004SCULPTURE 16, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2004Sydney Affordable Art Show, (SOHO Galleries), Sydney
2004John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
2004Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
2004Spring Art, Loreto College, SA

2003‘Less is more’, miniature sculpture show, BMGART, Adelaide,
2003‘Confluence’, Aqua-Sculpture exhibition, Port Macquarie, NSW
2003SCULPTURE 15, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2003Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
2003Arterial Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2003Spring Art, Loreto College, SA

2002KRILL, Graduating show, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
2002Maestros&Apprentices, Adelaide Convention Centre, SA
2002Shop@rt, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg, SA
2002SCULPTURE 14, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2002Spring Art, Loreto College, SA

2001Christmas Show, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2001Garden Sculpture, Adelaide Central Gallery
2001Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2001SCULPTURE 13, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney

2000Maestros&Apprentices, Adelaide Convention Centre, SA
2000Helpmann Academy Graduate Show, Adelaide, SA
2000BMGART, Adelaide, SA

1999‘Rocket Scientists’,Graduation Exhibition, NASA Gallery, SA


2012Oz Minerals Copper Sculpture Award, SALA 2012, SA
2012Burnside Village Sculpture Competition, 1st Prize, SA
2012Palmer Sculpture Bienniel, SA
2012Heysen Sculpture Bienniel, Hahndorf, SA
2012Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures, SA
2011Sculpture At The Grove, United Kingdom
2010The Palmer Award, awarded by Greg Johns.
2010Artscape Sculpture Biennial, NSW
2010Palmer Sculpture Biennial

2009Quenington Sculpture Show, UK
2009Lorne Sculpture Exhibition, VIC

2007Finalist, Montalto Sculpture Prize, Montalto Winery, Victoria
2007Quenington Sculpture Show, UK

2005Finalist, Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi, NSW
2005Finalist, 'SWELL' Sculpture festival, Currumbin Beach, QLD

2004Finalist, Willoughby Art Prize, Chatswood, NSW

2002Rising Star, Oscarts Awards, SA

2000Best Sculpture, Oscarts Awards, SA


Private collections in Australia, UK and Holland

Corporate collections including:
SA Great
WoodsBagot Architects
Stillwell Management Consultants
DTEI, Adelaide
Institute of Charted Accountants (commision, 33 Erskine Rd, Sydney)
Adelaide Prize 2007-2009, Adelaide City Council


CurrentFour Sculptures, East Piazza New Royal Adelaide Hopsital, SA
2012/13Six Sculptures, Glen Osmond Creek Lenear Trail, City of Unley Council, SA
2011/12Three Large Scale Sculptures, UNO Apartments, Adelaide CBD, State Government of SA                      
2010Orphanage Park sculpture commission, Unley Council, SA
2009Eight public sculptures for three reserves at the 'City Edge'      
2009Housing Development, Brompton, SA


2013Clayton, Joan, 'Voyage in metal and wood' Hillstyle, The Mount Barker Courier, 13 November
2013Clayton, Joan, 'ExAqua', Hillstyle, The Mount Barker Courier, 2 October
2013'Dream Journey To Reality', Business Journal, Adelaide Advertiser, SA, 6 August
2013Clayton, Joan, 'Airport Sculpture A Flight Of Fancy', The Mount Barker Courier, SA, 7 August
2012'The Art Of Shopping', SALife, Sep 2012
2012'Artistic Voyage', The Mount Barker Courier, SA, Sep 2012
2012'Scuplture brings art alive for SALA', The Mount Barker Courier, SA, July 2012
2011Llewellyn, Jane, ‘Mentors and disciples’, The Adelaide Review, Issue 377, July 2011.          
2011Probert, Noel, ‘Now You See It’, Adelaide Hills Magazine, Autumn 2011.

2010Lloyd, Tim, ‘Artistic Heart’, The Advertiser, Adelaide, 6 August.
2010Thring, Harry, ‘Imagination beyond form’, The Independent Weekly, Adelaide, 6 August.
2010Clayton, Joan, ‘Sculptor shows softness in steel’, The Mt Barker Courier, SA, 4 August

2008Stace, Alison, 'Sculpture Parks and Trails of England', image of sculpture, page 84.

2007Lloyd, Tim, 'Artists size up situation as they prepare for big event’, The Advertiser, Adelaide, 9 August.
2007Dutkiewicz, Adam, 'Craft of their own', Arts, The Independent Weekly, Adelaide, 1 September.
2007Kennet, Heather, 'Natural Flow', Adelaide Matters, Adelaide, September.
2007Weldon, Susie, 'Breath of fresh air', Western Daily Press, UK, June.
2007Richards, Judy, 'Shaping a life from inner truth', People In Profile, Mt Barker Courier, SA, 8 August.
2007Alexander, Di, 'Pushing Boundaries of Art', WiltsGlosStandard, UK, June

2004Dutkiewicz, Adam, review, ‘Fusion of Abstraction', The Advertiser, Adelaide, 7 Febuary.

2003Dutkiewicz, Adam, review, ‘Edge of the sublime’,The Advertiser, Adelaide, 1 December

2002 The Advertiser, Adelaide, Oscarts Awards, ‘Rising Stars’, 28 December
2002 Adelaide Matters, image of work, Adelaide, September edition

2000The Advertiser, Adelaide, Oscarts Awards, ‘Best Sculpture’,16 December, p11
2000The Adelaide Review, ‘Helpmann Graduate Exhibition, review, February
2000The Advertiser, ‘Art’s Stepping Stone’, page 19, 19 Febuary
2000RIP IT UP, ‘Helpmann Graduate Exhibition’, Febuary edition
2000GT Magazine, Febuary              
2000Mt Barker Courier, ‘Sculptor’s perfect ending to study’, 16 February

1999The Adelaide Review, ‘Beam Me Up’, review, November
1999City Messenger, ‘City Scene’, review, 13 October
1999RIP IT UP, issue 543, ‘Lifestyle’ lift out cover images and 'visions’, review, October


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