Ulric Steiner grew up in Switzerland, a multicultural tapestry of art, agriculture and industry. His majestic mountains were exchanged for equally awe-inspiring oceans, which eventually brought him to live in the raw beauty of Australia more than 30 years ago. He has had exhibitions at Soho Gallery Wooloomooloo, Wentworth Galleries Sydney, Manyung Galleries, Melbourne, Sydney’s Alliance Francaise as well as regularly exhibiting in the Arcadian Artists’ Open Studios in November and the Swiss-Oz Art Exhibition. His art is shown internationally in Switzerland, France, England, Japan and the USA.
The influence of his artisanal Swiss background and Asian art, particularly from Japan is apparent in his delicate, often whimsical contemporary and figurative sculptures. Pragmatic, imaginative and highly skilled, Ulric works mostly in Stainless Steel to create sculptures both public and domestic. He synthesises a variety of physical phenomena, including the exquisite natural environment surrounding his outer Sydney studio together with international architectural references.
Ulric just loves the cheekiness of the marauding bush turkeys making themselves at home in any garden they choose! They became a subject as they boldly marched down his driveway almost into the studio. Ulric spent a lot of time working out how to burnish the stainless steel both with heat and various acids to obtain a particular colour effect before using slumped glass and paint for the turkeys’ majestic headdress.
Having only Ulric’s bush turkeys in your garden is the ideal for any avid gardener!