URSULA STERNBERG (1925 - 2000)
Ursula was a fundamentally upbeat spirit. She prevailed in impossible circumstances to reach levels of self actualization that few people ever reach. She challenged current art world trends. She was one of those people who didn’t simply enter a room; she consumed it and its inhabitants with her eyes, taking in every inch, then filling it with anticipation of what would come next.
Ursula shied away from being called a Philadelphia Artist, an American, a European Artist, or a Woman Artist. To her, she was "An Artist".
Ursula inspired and continues to inspire many who knew her. Hopefully these pages will share her work with a NEW AUDIENCE, perhaps even leading to new discoveries, new methods and new secrets.
To Ursula, words are inextricably linked to the overall artistry of her paintings. Ursula is a gay and sophisticated primitive, a not too serious descendant of the Douanier Rousseau. Brightly colored balloons ascend against a background of tropical grass and palm trees…. The sun always shines, the sky is blue, and the time is not the present. It is as though she had sought a refuge from modern art in fairy land.
“The works from this period show to what extent Ursula was attentive to her environment and how well she was able to adapt, all while keeping her own personality as an artist. She also explored, often with a pronounced wit, the formal language of the avante-garde, here CoBra and Alechinsky, which she applied to various objects (including furniture).” - Aurélie Aujard