I discovered Nils-Udo through the July issue of the Air France Magazine (leave it to the French to have a great airline magazine). Nils-Udo is a Bavarian artist who left painting to work directly in and with nature in the early 1970’s and has continued to do so ever since. Photographs of his site-specific work (by the artist himself) are being exhibited at Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire, and a new installation will premiere at the site as well (through December 31, 2009 http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr)–if you’re in the area.
Winternest. Snow, willow switches, snowballs dyed with snowball berry juice. Bavaria, Germany, 1993.
Brook bed, bindweed blossoms. Ile de La Réunion, 1990.
Sweet chestnut leaf, spirea blossoms. Vassivière, France, 1986.
Earth, water, willow, grass, rowan berries, privet berries. Aachen, Germany, 1999.
Volcanic brook bed, foxglove blossoms. Ile de La Réunion, 1990.
Sunflowers without seeds, snowball berries, spindle tree seed pods on a river. Donauried, Germany, 1993.
Untitled-21. Lime tree, bird berries and lime tree sheets. Aachen, Germany, 1999.
Mirror. Earth, water, bird berries, willow rod, blades of grass. Aachen, Germany, 1999 .
Apologies for an un-spectacular scan-job that hardly does justice to the originals (and a few little tears too–oops). I think my favorite might be the volcanic brook bed and foxglove blossoms–or maybe Mirror (wish I could find a better image). I like circles and domes in general. There is a famous blue circle in a church in Florence that I always think of and can never remember the name of the church or artist–maybe my memory made it up.
I love Nils-Udo now, and I think you should too. If you are interested in finding out a little more about him…
His representation: Claire Gastaud (website).
Some information from a recent show in the States (click here).
A beautiful-looking book (amazon).
all photographs by Nils-Udo
One response to “Nils-Udo”
I am speechless! Thank you for the introduction to Nils-Udo.