Ulrike Arnold

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Ulrike Arnold working in Bryce Canyon in 2000.

Ulrike Arnold (born 1950 in Düsseldorf) is a German artist.


Ulrike Arnold studied music and art between 1968 and 1971, afterwards she worked as a teacher. From 1979 until 1986 she studied fine arts at the Düsseldorf academy in Professor Klaus Rinke's[1] class. She was granted the Eduard von der Heydt apprenticeship of Wuppertal in 1988. Since 1980 the artist travels through all five continents[2] to work although Ulrike Arnold mainly lives and works in Düsseldorf and in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Work as artist[edit]

Earth paintings[edit]

Earth paintings are typical of Arnold's art as she uses a unique material. She paints pictures with sorts of soil, minerals and stones on nettle fabric and on stone. She collects her colours in form of minerals which she then grinds to a paste for painting. The titles of her pictures correspond to the places across the world where she has found her ingredients, like Flagstaff, Arizona or Bryce Canyon in Utah. The structures, forms and colours of those paintings mirror the quality of the landscape where they are created on site. There they are exposed to the natural conditions of the place which even enhance their intensity.

Comet pictures[edit]

Since 2004 Ulrike Arnold is continuously expanding her repertoire of resources. She is the first artist worldwide to use particles of meteorites (nickel, iron and chondrules) which she purchases from research facilities.[3] Those valuable substances originate from asteroids and comets. Their dark dust bears witness to the early universe. With it, Ulrike Arnold goes beyond the use of terrestric materials to create cosmological pictures.


Her art work can be found at many public museums and private collections, such as the North Rhine-Westphalian State Chancellery at Düsseldorf, the Düsseldorf museum of arts,[4] the Ernst & Young collection, also Düsseldorf, at Deutsche Bank, Cologne, GLS bank, Bochum, Dennis Hopper's private collection at Venice, Los Angeles, California, Langen Foundation's collection[5] at Neuss, Center for Art and Environment, Nevada Museum of Art Reno, Nevada[6] or the Vollstedt private collection, the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, and the Collection of Marvin and Kitty Killgore Southwest Meteorite Lab, Payson Arizona.

Single Exhibitions[edit]


  • 1991 Rolf Wedewer, Helen Koriath: catalogue, EARTH, Studiogalerie Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen.
  • 1994 Gerhard Finckh, Ulrike Stottrop, Ulrike Arnold: catalog, Ulrike Arnold, Erdbilder aus fünf Kontinenten, Frankfurt 1994, Essen 1994, Berlin 1995, Kassel 1997.
  • 1997 Klaus Flemming, Künstlerische Zeitspuren: catalogue, Ulrike Arnold, Fels- und Höhlenmalerei, Rheinbraun Cologne.
  • 1999 Engelbert Broich: catalogue, Erdbilder aus fünf Kontinenten, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Düsseldorf 1999.
  • 1999 David Galloway, Polemics and Poetry of Environmental Art, in: catalogue, Natural Reality positionnement artistique entre la nature et la culture, 1999, Ludwigforum für Internationale Kunst Aachen/Aix-La-Chapelle.
  • 1999 L. Greer Price, Ulrike Arnold, Plateau Journal Magazine 1999
  • 2000 Margaret Regan, Earth Tones, Ulrike Arnold's Art Literally Rises From The Soil: Tucson Weekly 27 juillet 2000.
  • 2001 Vasanthi Sankaranrayanan, Easel Of Earthy Hues: The Hindu, 15 février 2001.
  • 2005 Marlene Lauter, Über der Erde die Sonne: Katalog, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg 2005.
  • 2006 Matthias Bärmann, Steine und Sternenstaub, février 2006.
  • 2007 Engelbert Broich, Ulrike Arnold – Malerin mit Erde und Sternenstaub (JUNGE KUNST, Nr. 69 (janvier – mars 2007))
  • 2007 Klaus Schneller, We are stardust. Wiesbaden 2007.
  • 2009 Matthias Bärmann, Mit Erdgestein und Sternenstaub: natur + kosmos, 8/2009 natur und kosmos
  • 2011 Edition, Ulrike Arnold, Earth, photography by Anselm Springs, texts David Galloway, Matthias Baermann, ISBN 978-3-00-033533-4.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.klausrinke.com/masters
  2. ^ "Ulrike Arnold – Impressions". ulrikearnold.com.
  3. ^ http://www.ulrikearnold.com/ua_3_meteorits.html%20laboratoires%20de%20recherches
  4. ^ internetagentur köln frankfurt sunzinet typo3 und reddot programmmierung. "SMKP: Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast: Home". smkp.de.
  5. ^ http://www.LangenFoundation.de
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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