Uwe Kowski


Uwe Kowski combines linear structure and planeness in his canvases and watercolours. In doing so the skilled sign writer, who studied painting and graphics at the Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig from 1984 through 1989, extends the lines driven by colour plains by text and writings. After a first impression of abundance and complexity, the seemingly accidental opulence appears as an intended composition scheme. Step by step the framework which links the detailed elements is becoming clear. Like a coordinate system it gives hold to the emblematic structures. Thus the searching eye is following a range of associations until it orientates itself in this system of lines, signs and consciously chosen colour fadings.

A comprehensive overview of the work of the painter Uwe Kowski was shown in 2008, for example, in the solo exhibition 'Uwe Kowski. Painting 2001-2008' at the Kunsthalle Emden. In addition to around fifteen canvases, the artist's extensive exhibition also included a selection of watercolors.

In 2020, the Kunsthalle Rostock brought together works from the years 2010-2019 in a great solo exhibition. The experience of painting, which the artist makes his own task, could be transferred to the viewer as an experience of seeing. Uwe Kowski does not want to record or document history with his paintings; the most important message is the painting itself.

Uwe Kowski's works have been shown in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions, including at the G2 Kunsthalle in Leipzig, at the Kunstmuseum Bochum, at the RUIZ-HEALY ART in San Antonio, at the Kunsthalle Emden, at the Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig, at the Seong-nam Art Center Foundation in Seoul, at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden or at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The work by Uwe Kowski is now for example in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, the Museum Junge Kunst in Frankfurt. Collection Kunsthalle Rostock or State Art Collections Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister.