The artist shapes his material but also the material shapes its artist. This phrase especially applies to the work of Ulrich Barnickel.
The trained blacksmith and graduate of the renowned Burg Giebichenstein School of Art in Halle an der Saale, Germany, received in 2007 his doctorate from the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Those milestones not only describe his educational biography but also the roots from which Barnickel developed his artistic ideas.
Characteristics of the artist, who is represented internationally in numerous exhibition, is not only his unerring sense of form and shape, developed in numerous preparatory sketches but also his palpable proximity to metal.