Selected works by Ulrich Lamsfuss

Ulrich Lamsfuss
Mutter und Kind im Krankenhaus, Somalia 1992 Christ Steele-Perkins, Magnum

2004

Oil on canvas

120 x 95 cm

The paintings of Ulrich Lamsfuss reproduce images found in a wide variety of media, from National Geographic, travel and fashion magazines to cinema and art history. He painstakingly duplicates each image, working his way across a feint pencil grid with the numbing precision of a computer plotter, square by square, top left to bottom right. Built up in oil over several long weeks, they are the very opposite of the sources on which they are based, momentary snapshots captured in a fraction of a second.


Mutter und Kind is based on a reportage photograph taken in a Somalian hospital at the height of the country’s civil war by award-winning Magnum photojournalist Chris Steele-Perkins. Stefan Jellheden, meanwhile, reproduces an advertisement created by the Danish photographer for Louis Vuitton itself based, as it happens, on a famous 1963 news photograph of a burning Vietnamese monk.


They could not, it seems, be more different. The first, a contemporary African pieta, is a private moment of grief and suffering, and terribly real. The second, intended from the outset for mass public consumption, was carefully scripted, staged and produced. As representations of the contemporary world, however, they are each as valid as the other. It is this that interests Lamsfuss, as he seeks through exacting replication to transform the society in which he lives into a painted hyperreality.

Ulrich Lamsfuss
Stefan Jellheden

2004

Oil on canvas

120 x 95 cm

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Ulrich Lamsfuss is a German artist born in Bonn in 1971
The range of motives in the work of Ulrich Lamsfuss refers to the endless range of possible and existing images surrounding everyone living in modern society. Advertising, movies, nature, artworks, architechture, war, portraits: the whole media range.

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Ulrich Lamsfuss paints images lifted from various photographic sources—advertising, fashion spreads, documentary archives—but while the seemingly random and disconnected subject matter.

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Berlin-based artist Ulrich Lamsfuss’s first paintings are based on found images from a variety of media, ranging from National Geographic to fashion magazines to iconic images from film and art history. Lamsfuss creates his canvases with the eye of an editor unrestrained by context.

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Lamsfuss’s style, his brushstrokes may recall the works of Martin Kippenberger or George Baselitz, with whom he studied. At the same time, his paintings are more realistic and could be easily mistaken for traditional paintings. In actuality, however, they resist any type of categorization as they don’t explain or direct interpretation. Their bluntness allows them to intake the viewer’s own thoughts; they are as fictional as they are hyper real.