Selected works by Ulrich Lamsfuss

Ulrich Lamsfuss
Mutter und Kind im Krankenhaus, Somalia 1992 Christ Steele-Perkins, Magnum


Oil on canvas

120 x 95 cm

The paintings of Ulrich Lamsfuss reproduce images found in a wide variety of media, from National Geographic, travel and fashion magazines to cinema and art history. He painstakingly duplicates each image, working his way across a feint pencil grid with the numbing precision of a computer plotter, square by square, top left to bottom right. Built up in oil over several long weeks, they are the very opposite of the sources on which they are based, momentary snapshots captured in a fraction of a second.

Mutter und Kind is based on a reportage photograph taken in a Somalian hospital at the height of the country’s civil war by award-winning Magnum photojournalist Chris Steele-Perkins. Stefan Jellheden, meanwhile, reproduces an advertisement created by the Danish photographer for Louis Vuitton itself based, as it happens, on a famous 1963 news photograph of a burning Vietnamese monk.

They could not, it seems, be more different. The first, a contemporary African pieta, is a private moment of grief and suffering, and terribly real. The second, intended from the outset for mass public consumption, was carefully scripted, staged and produced. As representations of the contemporary world, however, they are each as valid as the other. It is this that interests Lamsfuss, as he seeks through exacting replication to transform the society in which he lives into a painted hyperreality.

Ulrich Lamsfuss
Stefan Jellheden


Oil on canvas

120 x 95 cm

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Ulrich Lamsfuss's Biography

Born in 1971, Bonn, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


Cappuccetto Rosso, Templon, Brussels

Ulrich Lamsfuss-Vierzehn Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben, (Fourteen ways to describe the rain), Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne, Germany

Lombard Freid Gallery, New York

Afternoons in Utopia, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Same same but different, Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Köln

Ulrich Lamsfuss, Lombard-Freid Projects, NY
Spielen & Wachsen, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Aftermodern Postglow, Antonio Ferrara, Vienna, Austria

Gläserne Bienen, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France (catalog)

Pet Sounds, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York
Pet Sounds, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles
Der agnostische Blick, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Somebody Give the Lord a Handclap, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
The Raw and the Cooked, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York

Recent Paintings, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Ulrich Lamsfuss, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin


books + papers, Christine Köning Galerie, Vienna, Austria

Le Festin de l'Art, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, France

PAINTING FOREVER!, KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin

The Sound of Downloading Makes Me Want to Upload Sprengel Museum, Hannover

Hyping the Real, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke-Zoute

Animals hits, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genf

Ad Absurdum – Energien des Absurden von der klassischen Moderne zur Gegenwart, MartA Herford, curated by Jan Hoet, Herford

Jetzt, Galerie BECK & EGGELING, Düsseldorf

Carbonic Anhydride, Galerie Max Hetzler Temporary, Berlin, Germany

Rückkehr ins All, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg
European Painting Award, Frissirias Museum, Athens

Superreal, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan

Immediate Gesture, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
ICI Berlin, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva
Lila, weiß und andere Farben, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Viel Spass – beaucoup de plaisir, Espace Paul Ricard, Galerie Royale 2, Paris
Offensive Malerei, Lothringer 13/Halle, München