About the Artist

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Arthur Umlauf

Not so very long ago, I was a carpenter and cabinetmaker.  At the age of 50, I had the opportunity to make a change in my life and I chose to begin sculpting. My formal art education has included just a handful courses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a few workshops at the Sloss Furnace and at the Birmingham Museum of Art.  Overall, my most rewarding learning experiences have been under the mentorship of the late Cordray Parker, one of Birmingham’s best-known and well-respected bronze sculptors.  As a result of this experience, I have been able to explore the nuances of mold making, casting and pouring bronze using the lost-wax method in a relatively short apprenticeship.

In addition, I have to acknowledge the influence of my artist-family — my brothers, my sisters as well as my late father, Charles Umlauf, a famous sculptor in his own right.  I grew up in a home filled with life-size renditions of religious icons, studies of animals, figure studies and images drawn from Greek mythology.  Although art was an integral part of my early life, only now in my latter years have I begun to try out my ideas in bronze, ceramics, wood and stone (marble, alabaster, honeycomb calcite) as well as bronze with stone.  My strong work ethic has allowed me to fully invest myself in my artwork.  I have even surprised myself by what I have been able to achieve starting with clay, wax or rough stone.  Like my father, I prefer figurative work of the female form and compositions representing the family, as well as abstractions drawn from the medium itself.

Artist’s Statement

When I look at the raw material, clay, wood or a stunning piece of alabaster, I take in the integrity and images within the material.  The artist’s challenge is to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the materials and transform it into an emotive figure. The artist must maintain the strength of that natural state and imbue the new object with an esthetic value that is both tactile and visual.

One of the hallmarks of my work is that I am solely responsible for every step in the preparation of a sculpture.  Many artists have contracts with bronze foundries to prepare molds, pour the bronze and apply patina finishes to their work.  Others employ stone workers to rough out or polish marble or alabaster figures.  These steps are tedious and labor intensive.  However, I enjoy the labor and the creative demand of sculpting in marble, bronze and wood.  In the end, the viewer is certain that every stroke and every mark is intentional and serves to convey my purpose.

Arthur at Sylacauga Marble Festival 2012

 

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Continuous Showings:

Russell Collection Gallery, 1137 W. 6th St., Austin, TX     512 478 4440

Umlauf Gallery & Studio, 5542 Leather Stocking Ln, Stone Mountain, GA 205 903 9700

Selected Shows and Professional Experience

2017

Guest Artist – Sculptor, 2017 Sylacauga Marble Festival, Sylacauga, AL

Johns Creek Art Center, Serendipity Summer Show, Johns Creek, GA

2016

Artist, Blackwood Gallery,  Springville, AL

2015

Guest Artist – Sculptor, 2015 Sylacauga Marble Festival, Sylacauga, AL

57th Annual Juried Art Show, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden AL

One Man Show, Unity of Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

2014 

Guest Artist – Sculptor, 2014 Sylacauga Marble Festival, Sylacauga, AL

Three-Artist Show – July 2014,  Russell Collection Gallery, Austin, TX

2013

Guest Artist – Sculptor, 2013 Sylacauga Marble Festival, Sylacauga, AL

2012

Guest Artist – Sculptor, 2012 Sylacauga Marble Festival, Sylacauga, AL

Art by Southwest (during SXSW), Russell Collection, Austin

Figurative Show, Seen Gallery Atlanta, GA  Sept 23

Gallery Soleil, Birmingham, AL

Shelby County Council for the Arts, Juried show, Honorable Mention Award Sculpture

Marble carving demonstration, Sylacauga, AL

2010

Joined the Russell Collection Gallery,  Austin, TX

Descendants Show, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Oct 28 2010 – Jan. 23, 2011

Presentation of sculpture – to the Vestavia Art Association

Featured Artist,  Stray Art Salon, Birmingham, AL

One Man Show, Comer Museum, Sylacauga, AL

Stray Art Salon, Primary Artist, Hoover, AL

Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Stray Artists Group), Birmingham, AL

Shelby County Arts Council (Stray Artists Group), Columbiana, AL

2009   

Stray Art Salon, Primary Artist, Hoover, AL

The Club (Stray Artists Group), Birmingham, AL

Light Box Gallery, Holiday Show, Birmingham, AL

Four Seasons Antiques and Art, Featured Artist – November 2009, Homewood, AL

Bryant Galleries, New Orleans, LA (Gallery Artist)

Four Seasons Antiques and Art, Homewood, AL (Gallery Artist)

Blackwood Gallery, Springville,  AL (Gallery Artist)

Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA (Gallery Artist)

Commission Touch Someone: copies made for each elementary school in the Hoover School District, Hoover, AL

2008

Joined Bryant Galleries, New Orleans, LA (Gallery Artist)

Featured Artist – October, Four Seasons Antiques and Art Gallery, Homewood, AL

September Artists Show, Jennifer Harwell Gallery, Homewood, AL

Alabama’s Finest, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL (one-man show)

2 Man Show, Soon-Bok Lee Sellers Art Gallery, Hoover, AL

Winter Arts Fair, Hoover Arts Alliance, Hoover, AL

2007

Joined Blackwood Gallery, Springville, AL (Gallery Artist)

Jennifer Harwell Gallery, Birmingham, AL (Gallery Artist)

Art Walk, Birmingham, AL (Juried Show)

Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL, (Juried Show) 2nd place & purchase award

Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham, AL (Juried Festival)

Creative Visions in Motion, Four Seasons Gallery, Homewood, AL  (2 person show)

Bi- State Art Competition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS (Juried show)

Birmingham Art Association Show, AmSouth Harbert Center, Birmingham, AL (Gallery Artist)

Art Alley, Birmingham, AL (Gallery Artist)

Four Seasons Antiques & Art Gallery, Birmingham, AL (Gallery Artist)

The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA (Gallery Artist)

2006

Joined Art Alley, Birmingham, AL (Gallery Artist)

Art Walk, Birmingham, AL

Four Seasons Antiques & Art, Hoover, AL  (Gallery Artist) Artist of the Month –  July, 2006

Homewood Library Gallery (June, 2006), Homewood, AL

Arts Alive – 20th Annual Juried Show, Florence, AL

Birmingham Art Association, Birmingham, AL (Juried Show) 2 pieces

AmSouth Harbert Center, Birmingham, AL

One-man show, AmSouth Harbert Center, Birmingham AL

Featured Artist of the Month (March 2006), Birmingham Magazine, Birmingham, AL

Art Auction 2006, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL

2005

Gallery 2306, Birmingham, AL (one-man show)

The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA (Gallery Artist)

Art Walk, Birmingham, AL (Juried Festival)

National View at Grandview, Atlanta Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (Juried Show)

13th Southeast Regional Fine Arts Exhibition, Fort Walton Beach, FL (Juried Show)

Animals in Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (International Juried Show)

Southern Roots, Academy of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL (Juried Show)

2nd & 3rd place award – Sculpture.

Exhibition, South Tennessee Valley Art Center, Tuscumbia, AL (Juried Show)

Birmingham Art Association, Birmingham, AL (Juried Show)

3rd place award – Sculpture

42nd Annual Bluff Park Art Show, Hoover, AL (Juried Show)

2004

Jubilee Cultural Arts Alliance  Atlanta GA, (Juried Show)

Art Excellence Award

Joined The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA  (Gallery Artist)

Art by the Lake, Deerwood Lake, AL

41st Annual Bluff Park Art Show, Hoover, AL (Juried Show)

Garden Party Gala, Alzheimer’s Association, Birmingham, AL

Southern Roots, Alabama Academy of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL (Juried Show)

3rd place award – Sculpture

Arts Alive, Kennedy–Douglas Center for the Arts, Florence AL (Juried Show)

Bi-State Art Competition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS (Juried Show)

Open House Studio and Gallery 550 Shades Crest, Hoover AL

2003

40th Annual Bluff Park Art Show, Hoover, AL (Juried Show)

Art by the Lake, Deerwood Lake, AL

Garden Party Gala, Alzheimer’s Association, Birmingham, AL

Featured Artist, Birmingham Art Review, June 2003 (premier issue)

Southern Roots, Alabama Academy of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL (Juried Show)

1st place award – Sculpture

Membership Show  – Birmingham Art Association Gallery, (Juried Show)

1st and 2nd place award – Sculpture

Open House Studio and Gallery 550 Shades Crest, Hoover AL

2002

Southern Roots, Alabama Academy of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL (Juried Show)

3rd place Award in Sculpture

Artist Interview, “The Other Side” WEAB-TV, Birmingham, AL

Garden Party Gala – Alzheimer’s Association, Birmingham, AL

Annual Members Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery (Juried Show)

Board Member, Birmingham Art Association Gallery

Open House Studio and Gallery 550 Shades Crest, Hoover AL

2001 – 2002

President, Birmingham Art Association

2001

One and Two Dimensions II – 2 person show Birmingham Art Association Gallery

Winter Members Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery

Spring Members Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery

Garden Party Gala, Alzheimer’s Association, Birmingham, AL

Membership Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery (Juried Show)

Featured Artist (September, 2001), Birmingham Magazine

Bronze Artists Exhibition, Durbin Gallery, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Fall Membership Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery

2000

One and Two Dimensions – 2 person show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery

Artist of the Month (April 2000), Shelby County Library, Shelby, AL

Garden Party Gala, Alzheimer’s Association, Birmingham, AL

Spring Members Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery

Membership Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery (Juried Show)

Board Member, Birmingham Art Association

1999

Membership Show, Birmingham Art Association Gallery (Juried Show)

Women’s Shelter Gala, Alabama Theater, Birmingham, AL

1998

Built & Opened Gallery & Studio at 550 Shades Crest Rd.  Hoover, AL

1997

Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Juried Student Show

1996

Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Juried Student Show

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