As a young artist, Karl Umlauf was motivated by several forms of subjectmatter. One was the structural geological forms of land. The other wasthe complexity of machinery and piping systems found in petroleumrefineries, as well as the spectacular environment of steel mills andsalvage yards. This imagery was and continues to be his subject matter.He modifies and reinvents these sources, infusing them with personalcreative expressions. ARTIST STATEMENT The multi-planographic sequences of surface imagery and color are used increating polarities, properties of tension, measured rhythms and surface energies,indicative of a visual form of physics. If the work appears to have an abstract yetunique personal identity and if it provides a distinct physical presence, then Ihave succeeded in establishing my visual signature.
DISPLACEMENT III (1983) Mixed Media on Cast Paper 50 x 44 x 4 inches Private Collection, Houston, Texas
FRAGMENT VI #2 (1983) Mixed Media on Cast Paper 47 x 33 x 3 inches Courtesy of Jim and Sharyn Weaver Houston, Texas
INTAKE(1998) ENAMEL, WOOD AND METAL 56 X 48 X 10 INCHES
ASSEMBLAGE VII(2001) METAL, WOOD, AND ACRYLIC ON PANEL 14 X 12 INCHES COURTESY OF IMAGO GALLERY, PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA
CLIFF FORMS(2009) MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD, INK ON CANVAS 24 X 24 INCHES
LAND FORMS (2009) MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD, INK ON CANVAS 24 X 24 INCHES
HIGH PLAINS FAR AND NEAR(2009)MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD, INK ON CANVAS36 X 30 INCHES
WESTERN SLOPE FAR AND NEAR (2009) MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD, INK ON CANVAS 30 X 26 INCHES
TIMED PORTAL (2009) STUDY FOR TIMED PORTAL (2005)MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD, INK ON PAPER CHARCOAL ON PAPER50 X 60 INCHES 52 X 40 INCHES
BAYOU STUDIES (2009) MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD, INK ON CANVAS 24 X 20 INCHES
INDUSTRIAL WALLS II (2009) GUACHE ON BOARD 18 X 26 INCHES
AT THE BLAST FURNACE (2009) CHARCOAL ON CANVAS 54 X 70 INCHES
The energy in my work has always germinated from the drawingprocess. Through this creative activity a metamorphosis occurs,enabling me to explore surfaces, structures, and a synergy fromwhich new concepts develop. When the work forms a newdirection, I am increasingly aware of the qualities upon which theprevious imagery was constructed, providing motivation for thejourney ahead… The changes I have made in the direction and appearance of mywork throughout my career have evolved from my quest for amore unique and personal experience. Challenge is the object ofmy search, freedom the lifeblood, and resolution my ultimatereward – KARL UMLAUF.