Ulrike Koch

Ulrike Koch was born in 1948 in Rellingen in the north of Germany. She spent several years in the US and Switzerland before moving to Hamburg in 1974. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Slavic languages in 1985, she concentrated on her artistic activities and started to learn etching in 1992, first with Christine Scheid and from 1996 onwards with the graphical artist and painter Herbert Markmann. In 2004 she took up lithography in the studio of Gerten Goldbeck. For the past ten years she has been sharing studios with Gabriele Lemburg and Ruth Alice Kosnick. In 2011 she became a member of the Professional Association of Visual Artists (BBK).

Why does a painter...

Why does a painter get interested in printmaking? There are mainly two reasons: to do something which is not possible in painting or to disseminate one’s work more easily. For Ulrike Koch it is to use the experimental possibilities of the technique to preserve the painterly element in the etching. In almost two decades of steady pursuit of this goal a multi-facetted “view of things” has evolved, forceful and passionate in the colouring, yet pleasantly calm and reflecting the atmosphere of the motif.

Individual Exhibitions

2014 "Up, up and away" (Auf und Davon) - exhibition of prints + sculptures at the court of the Land Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel (May - July)
2007 “Views of Europe” – graphical work, Botanical Garden, Geneva (CH)
2005 Exhibition of graphical work at “Café Witthüs”, Hamburg
2004 Exhibition of graphical work at the municipal gallery of Westerland/Sylt upon initiative of the local arts association
2003 “Etchings” at “Galerie Atelier Mensch”, Hamburg
2002 "Shadows and Reflexions“ – graphical work and paintings at “Muasem Hüs”, Morsum on the Island of Sylt
2001 Exhibition of graphical work, Botanical Garden, Geneva (CH)

Artistic Activities

2017 Participation in the 27th competition + exhibition of the Fassbender prize "Drawing and fine art printing, Brühl (D)
2017 Participation in the competition of the Kahnweiler prize "Works on paper"; (placed amongst the first 46 of 955 participants), Rockenhausen (D)
2016 "Viewpoints" - Paintings, graphical work + sculptures with Ruth Alice Kosnick, Galerie Uhlig, Hamburg-Schenefeld (D)
2016 Illustration of a simplified version of "Anna Karenina" by Leo N. Tolstoy (tredition publishing house, Hamburg)
2015 Show of 20 years of work at the studio shared with Gabriele Lemburg; "Werkstatt Haubachstrasse", Hamburg (D)
2013 "Allegria" - joint exhibition with Ruth Alice Kosnick of paintings, prints and sculptures, Arts Circle, Preetz (Schleswig-Holstein)
2013 Exhibition of prints and sculptures at Gallery "Künstlerdeck", Wieck a.d. Darß
2011 Joint exhibition in the property of the arts dealer Angelika Gerlach (Winsen/Luhe, D); Ulrike Koch: etchings, Yao M. Denger: metal sculptures
2011 Presentation of the illustrations for a book of poems of Desanka Maksimović (see below) at the Janssen Library in Hamburg (D)
2010 Illustrations to poems by Desanka Maksimović: Ich bitte um Gnade (I ask for Mercy), edited and translated by Olga Ellermeyer-Životić, in: Slavic Literatures, Vol. 43, Peter Lang, Frankfurt a.M. (2010)
2009 Gift of an etching “Two nights in Porto” to the Sandeman Arts Collection, Porto (P)
2009 Illustrations for an Easy Reader version of “The Gambler” by F. Dostoevsky, Lindhardt og Ringhof Forlag, Copenhagen (DK)
2008 “International Salon for Original Graphics”, Cologne (D)
2007 Show of 10 years of work at the studio shared with Ruth Alice Kosnick, Elmshorn (D)