Ulfert Wilke was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1907." He immigrated to the United States in 1938 and died in Solon, IA in 1987. Wilke received his MA from the University of Iowa and later became the University of Iowa Museum of Art's first director. Ulfert Wilke was director from 1968- 1975.
Wilke had a passion and fascination for the written language, drawing most of his inspiration from it to create an abstract view of shape, color, and texture. Wilke found inspiration in the calligraphy of the Japanese Zen masters and in the numerical symbols of ancient people.<br>Studying each writing style to further develop his own from of calligraphy, Wilke saw beauty in all forms of written language, whether it was found in poetry, on plates, or as engravings. He utilized acrylics, ink and watercolor to represent his abstract view of language, space and time. Wilke was a painter who also collected paintings throughout his pursuit of artistry.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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