Wencke Uhl

Wencke Uhl composes women in moments of confidence. Through power poses, bold patterning, and diverse bodies, Uhl's narrative demonstrates the strength of womanhood.

TARA BLACKWELL is American but lives in North America


Wencke Uhl is a contemporary figurative paintress living and working in Germany.

Uhl draws inspiration from human beauty and the female form. As a teenager she wanted to become a fashion designer and her fashion-forward aesthetic continues to shine alongside the deliberate and differentiated elements that define the vivacious and independent nature of her subjects. Uhl still likes to “dress” women in shapes and patterns, but her focus shifted from the purely fashion-oriented to including elements of storytelling. 


Her works capture a situation, a moment, or an expression, playing with identity concepts, and reflecting the vibrant pop culture and mood of today. Emancipation, diversity, equality, and liberty are a natural and inherent part of her idea of how the world should be. Consequently, she is usually drawn to subjects displaying a certain independence, strength, and nonchalance.

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Uhl creates her paintings using acrylics, oil paint and decoupage. Her subjects are dripping in bold colors that exude a powerful and vivid dynamic. Experimenting with different techniques, texture, and patterns, Uhl demonstrates mastery of graphic lines, composition, and color theory. While her themes, saturated color palette and way of stylization draw on the aesthetic vocabulary of pop art, her style is also influenced by realism, impressionism, art nouveau and modernism and thus, firmly places her in the pluralism of contemporary art.

Her work is sold internationally throughout Europe, the US, and Australia. 

First and foremost, I consider myself a designer. Painting is my means to capture and show the beauty of everyday life, but ultimately, it’s all about the composition.
- Wencke Uhl
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Combining human beauty, the female form, and fashion patterning, each painting is an exploration of identity and self image. Uhl frees her figures from the male gaze, imbuing them with their own individual strength. Whether her backgrounds are clad in florals or dappled in green-dotted wallpaper, or her figures wear colorful chevron or zebra print, they are filled with a feminine confidence and manifests an energy that lives on beyond the artwork. In this celebration of beauty, Uhl encourages the viewer to be their authentic selves, embrace gentleness, and embody a fierce loveliness in their everyday lives.