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Uwe Appold, born in 1942 in Wilhelmshaven/Northern Germany, is a certified designer, sculptor and painter. His career as an artist starts in 1962 with training as a sculptor and courses taken at the „Flensburg Werkkunstschule“ in Northern Germany where he received a diploma in 1968 in artistic modelling and designing. Exhibitions in Germany and abroad have been organized regularly since 1962. His works were shown in almost all large German cities such as Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Oberhausen, Oldenburg, Rheydt and Wilhelmshaven.

The reach of his activities abroad covers Belgium, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Austria, Monaco, Poland and Spain. His works were shown in the European Parliament in Brussels, on the island of Patmos (Greece), in Hangzhou/China as well as in Paris, Copenhagen and Tallinn/Estonia.

Since 1984 Uwe Appold regularly does commissioned work; his preferred materials for sculpturing are granit and steel. He did designing for places and fa ç ades, banks, public buildings, gymnasiums, school facilities, funeral halls, churches and parish halls. Occasionally his involvement takes forms out of the ordinary such as in 1992 when he designed the interior of the rehearsal room of the Symphony Orchestra of the Land of Schleswig-Holstein while simultaneously working on a colour concept for the municipal sewage plant of the City of Flensburg.

In 1975 the Land of Schleswig – Holstein awarded him a stipend to study at the Cité des Arts in Paris, the year after he was a guest sculptor at the Symposion Internacional del Valle de Hecho/Spain. In 1980 Uwe Appold received the Cultural Prize of his home city of Wilhelmshaven and the same year he was nominated member of the “Deutscher Werkbund” and began his teaching activities at what had formerly been known as „Flensburg Werkkunstschule“. In 1998 he taught courses in abstract painting at the National Academy at Hangzhou/China.

Since 1988 the art of Uwe Appold addresses the grand themes of the Occident. The format of his works is characterized by voluminous cycles of paintings the inception of which the artist considers as linked to the cultural heritage of the West. His subjects cover the entire span from Greco-Roman times to the present. Whether it's Aristotelians or Platonism in the Kinesis-Cycle, or Odysseus, Prometheus, Perceval, Golgatha, Apocalypse, Elia, Kreuzesworte (Words from the cross) or paintings inspired by texts by Dante, Nelly Sachs, Paul Celan, Hilde Domin, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gottfried Benn and Dag Hammarskjöld: Uwe Appolds art works always give expression to existential experience of the human being.

For purposes of transposing the texts by Dag Hammarskjöld in pictorial language Uwe Appold travelled in southern Sweden and visited places in the vicinity of Back å kra, the community where marks left by the Swedish diplomat can be found to this day. On the paintings there are specimens of earth from ten localities to preserve evidence of the activity of this prominent personality of the Twentieth Century.

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