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New York..................Bloomberg Businessweek
Uhl Ala Moana
Morrow Construction Cranes at Ala Moana Center
Photo by Phil Uhl
Recent projects:

Just completed a job for Bloomberg Businessweek illustrating the unprecedented increase in activity, and the rising costs, of Honolulu's new construction projects.

Hamburg................Updates for Emporis GmbH
Sky Tree Phil Uhl
Sky Tree, the worlds tallest tower from Tokyo's Asakusa district.
Phil Uhl Photo

I have always had an interest in architecture and cities, but never had the time to pursue it photographically. I find that photography works as a great balance to my painting which can become very frustrating at times. Now that my time on the water has been reduced to next to nothing, shooting architecture gets me out of the studio and into the fresh air again for some creative excercise. For the past year I have been contributing many of my building photographs to Emporis, the worlds largest building database web site located in Hamburg Germany

Honolulu ........Contemporary Photography Show
Contemporary Photography Hawaii
Lost and Found Series: 21º11'48.96,N, 157º49'18.71W ©Alison Beste
Annual Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Photography in Hawai‘i

I was happy to learn that Juror, Elaine Mayes, had chosen my photograph "For the Birds" as one of the images to be exhibited in the Seventh Annual Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Photography in Hawaii.The exhibit is sponsored by Pacific New Media, University of Hawaii at Manoa. There will be an opening reception on First Friday April 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm.

This year there were 507 submissions by 137 Hawaii artists. The 50 selected images, from from 50 of the artists, will be on exhibit April 3 - 25, at The Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave in China Town.

Additional sponsors supporting the event : Art Source & Designs, Chromaco, Hawaii Camera, Kaimuki Camera, Pegge Hopper Gallery, Waikiki Parc Hotel

Honolulu.............WYC Educational Foundation
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New logo design for the Waikiki Yacht Club Educational Foundation
Waikiki Yacht Club Educational Foundation
One of my recent projects was to design a logo for the Waikiki Yacht Club Educational Foundation. The club’s 501 (c)(3) educational foundation has supported one of the best junior sailing programs in the country, producing several national champions. The foundation, sustained by members’ donations, helps fund the participation of sailors in principal competitions in the U.S. through the purchase of sailboats and equipment. Working in tandem with the clubs Youth Sailing Program, the WYC Educational Foundation also provides scholarships to students from the community who are interested in learning to sail, but who might not otherwise be able to take classes.
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Waikiki Junior Sailors with the America's Cup

Honolulu ...............3RD i, iPhone case designs

Upwind by Phil Uhl
"Upwind" by Phil Uhl
Exclusive designs for 3RDi Publications iPhone cases released
Recently, an artist friend of mine asked if I would be interested in joining a group of artists from Hawaii that he was putting together for the purpose of creating artwork for the back of cell phone cases. After touring the 3RDi production facility, which is right down the street from my studio, I decided that it might be fun -and a challenge, to create some images based on the small cell phone format.
Regatta by Phil Uhl
All of the images are printed, and cases assembled, by their staff in house. This makes for easy final approval for me, and great control over quality and fulfillment for them.

To start, I have submitted 5 designs for a trial run. The cases are available for the iPhone 6 at the 3RDi retail outlets at Ala Moana Center. They are located on the lower level outside ATT, and on the Mall level between Macy’s and the Apple store. They are also available on the 3RDi web site and other locations around town as well.

"Regatta" by Phil Uhl
Downtown Honolulu.........."Works on Paper"
Works on Paper
Adix by Phil Uhl
"Tropical Whites ", "Urban Eye" and "Adix", on exhibit at Pauahi Tower
Pauahi Tower, at Bishop Square, Downtown, is the location for "Works on Paper" curated by David Behlke. Four of my works were chosen for the show.

There will be an opening reception on First Friday February 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The artwork will be on display until March 20.The exhibition is located in the 2nd floor Lobby Gallery of Pauahi Tower, 101 Bishop Street, on the corner of Bishop and Hotel.

PauahiTower by Phil Uhl
Pauahi Tower at Bishop Square
10th Day Visitor by Phil Uhl
"10th Day Visitor" by Phil Uhl

Honolulu......Annual Mixed Media Miniature Show

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"Chroma Del Mare IV" (Acrylic) one of three of my originals on exhibit this year
For the past decade I have been fortunate to be invited to exhibit at the Annual Mixed Media Miniature Show at the Koa Gallery at Kapiolani Community College. Gallery director and curator, David Behlke, has once again put together what has become one of the best art exhibitions in Honolulu. The quality and diversity of the artwork, combined with reasonable prices has made this show one of the most popular events on the Honolulu Art calendar. If you are interested in seeing a large collection of original work by well known Hawaii artists, you should take a look. The Exhibition runs from November 20th to December 17th at the Koa Gallery, located at Kapiolani Community College.
Koa Gallery
Honolulu......36 Views of Diamond Head (Leahi)

Diamond Head
"Departure For Diamond Head" by Phil Uhl
I was happy to learn that artist/juror Masami Teraoka, has chosen my original mixed media print "Departure For Diamond Head" as one of the 36 images to be included in a new exhibition titled "36 Views of Leahi". The exhibition will open on August 12th at ARTS AT MARKS GARAGE, located on Nu`uanu Avenue in China Town. The opening reception will be held on the First Friday Celebration on September 5th. The exhibition is being presented in the spirt of Hokusai's and Hiroshige's world famous print series "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji" from the early 1800's.

Los Angeles.........Remembering Roy E. Disney

Remembering Roy E. Disney
Remembering Roy E. Disney / Memories and photos of a storied life

Dave Bossert, creative director and producer with the special projects group at Walt Disney Animation Studios, has written a wonderful book about the life of Roy E Disney. Dave was a close friend and worked on many projects with Roy including "Fantasia 2000" and "Destino" the Academy Award nominated short film Roy produced featuring artwork by Salvador Dali. The 210 page hardcover book reads like a scrapbook filled with personal memories, stories, and candid photos of Roy's public and private life.

I was fortunate to have worked with Roy, and his wife Leslie, on numerous projects over the past 30 years. Roy was definitely one of a kind and all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him, miss him very much. It was certainly an honor for me to be able to contribute to the book by providing some photographs of his life in Hawaii.

The book is available on line at Amazon and Barns and Noble

Reviews: Amber Lena / MTV.... Jim Hill / Huff Post

Roy and Leslie Disney
Roy and Leslie in Hawaii...........................................................Photos by Phil Uhl

San Francisco.........USA Wins America's Cup 34

America's Cup Phil Uhl

Larry Ellison's ORACLE Team USA wins the America's Cup

Larry Ellison's ORACLE Team USA successfully defended the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco defeating Emirates Team New Zealand by 39 seconds in the final race held September 25th. Skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill, and his 11 member international crew, pulled off the biggest comeback in America's Cup history by winning 8 straight races erasing the 8 to 1 lead held by the Kiwi's. Ellison recently purchased over 90 % of the island of Lanai, Hawaii, and is considering bringing the next America's Cup to Honolulu.

The America's Cup is the oldest and most prestigious trophy in yachting. It all started in 1851 in England when the schooner America, from the New York Yacht Club, won the race around the Isle of Wight. The winning trophy was renamed the America's Cup and the United States successfully defended it for the next 132 years. In 1983 it was won by Australia and has changed hands a number of times since then. New Zealand won it in 1995 and successfully defended it in Auckland in 2000. Photos by Phil Uhl.

America's Cup Oracle Uhl
For the first time in history the America's Cup was held close to shore in 72 foot, high speed foiling, catamarans. San Francisco proved a perfect venue for these hi-tech machines capable of exceeding the speed limit on the Golden Gate Bridge. Thousands of people lined the shoreline for a free, up close view of the races and, thanks to state of the art graphic data visualization, millions of others tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the event on national TV.
America's Cup Phil Uhl
ORACLE Team USA members finally get their hands on the oldest trophy in sports after winning the last race of the 19 day series -the longest in America's Cup History.
Honolulu.................UHL Studios Hawaii (NEW)

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UHL STUDIOS HAWAII at the new location on Kalakaua Avenue

Due to my excessive travel schedule over the last four decades and having to depend on galleries and exhibitions to display my work, I decided that it was about time I settled down and opened a new studio -with a gallery attached. My new studio/gallery is located on the ground floor of Century Center in Honolulu, right across from the Hawaii Convention Center on Kalakaua Avenue. While I am not quite ready to commit to running a retail establishment, I will be open by appointment -or whenever I am on site.

As I (and my eyes) get older I am trying to reduce the amount of time spent sitting and looking at a computer monitor. Television, video, photography, and much of my fine art have required thousands of hours of computer time. I look forward to getting back to doing some basic painting and experimenting with new media and techniques.

For all my collectors in Hawaii, and those who happen to be visiting, please feel free to come by the studio and say hello. You can reach me at to make sure I will be in. Aloha! Photos by Phil Uhl.

Los Angeles.... "Kialoa - Dare to Win" published

Kialoa US-1 Dare to Win Phil Uhl Photos
Jim Kilroy's Kialoa, Pan Am Clipper Cup and Sydney Harbour ......... by Phil Uhl
Great to see that Jim Kilroy's new book "Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win" has been published. After years of anticipation the story of one of yachtings most successful skippers and crew is now available. Time spent Sailing on Kialoa III and IV in Hawaii and around the world was certainly one of the highlights of my career as a marine artist. I am honored that many of my photographs were chosen to illustrate the book.
Kialoa III in Sydney by Phil Uhl
The 446 page Hard cover book is published by Seapoint Books, an imprint of Smith/Kerr Associates. It's available at Barnes & Noble bookstores, and online at, and All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation to support the advancement of youth sailing and education. Photos by Phil Uhl.

Kialoa Book Web Site:

Kialoa by Phil Uhl
Kialoa IV by Phil Uhl
Kialoa IV off Diamond Head........................................................Photo by Phil Uhl
San Francisco....... America's Cup World Series

America's Cup World Series
Fleet Race at the America's Cup World Series in San Franciso..........Phil Uhl photo
Larry Ellison's Oracle racing teams skippered by Russell Coutts and Jimmy Spithill won both the fleet and match racing events at the America's Cup World Series that just concluded in San Francisco Bay.

Teams from China, New Zealand, Korea, Sweden, Italy, England, France, and the America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA, raced for 5 days in cool, windy conditions on San Francisco Bay. An estimated crowd of 150,000 spectators came down to Marina Green and other vantage points to see the first edition of the San Francisco America's Cup events. Sunday's final races were televised live on NBC. Another similar event will be held in October in conjunction with Fleet Week.

Russell Coutts Jimmy Spithill by Phil Uhl
Coutts crosses ahead of Spithill to take the final match race of the ACWS
New York..............."Yes" wins GRAPHIS Gold

Yes, Photo by Phil Uhl
"Yes" original photo by Phil Uhl
Each year Graphis, The International Journal of Visual Communication, invites leading professionals across the photography, illustration, and graphic design communities to be considered for inclusion in their annual books in each of those visual arts fields.

Among the thousands of submissions, the Graphis panel selects the most compelling work of the year in each category. For 2012, the judges have chosen "Yes" as one of the 100 (Gold) winning entries to be featured in the soon to be released hardback Photography Annual.

Graphis, was first published in 1944 by Walter Herdeg in Zurich, Switzerland. The magazine and book publisher was moved to New York City in 1986 where Graphis Inc. currently is located.

Graphis Photography Annual 2012 ( SOLD OUT )

Honolulu........... Latest work - Roy E Disney portrait

Roy E. Disney......Mixed Media on Canvas / Cotton Rag by Phil Uhl
I recently completed a new portrait of Roy E. Disney which was based on a great photograph by Leslie DeMeuse Disney and my earlier painting "It's About Time".

Roy, who passed away in 2009, was well known for his efforts in bringing the Disney animation studio back from the brink, overseeing a creative renaissance that led to “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Lion King,” and others, as well as his love of sailing, Hawaii, and the biannual Transpacific Yacht Race. The image featuring Roy surrounded by his boat and crew, in an aloha shirt, -and with a big smile, is how all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him, will remember him forever.

Tokyo............................ Moonlight Exhibition

Tokyo moonlight by Phil Uhl
Annual Moonlight Exhibition - Gekkoso Gallery / Ginza
One of Tokyo's oldest art galleries, Gekkoso Gallery opened it's doors as an art supply store in Ginza in 1917. The establishment which has grown to include 4 exhibit spaces has been in the same family since it opened. My agent in Tokyo suggested I submit a piece to them for their annual "Moonlight Exhibition" which opened on August 8th. The artwork submitted "HELP" was selected and fortunately my travel schedule allowed me to attend the opening reception. I am glad I made the trip as I thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of the artists and catching up with friends I had not seen in a long time. I also enjoyed checking out the current art/gallery situation in Tokyo.
I have made numerous trips to Tokyo in the past, but always related to Photography and TV production. What I saw in two days of the state of the fine art industry in Tokyo was very interesting -and very different from what I am used to in Hawaii and the mainland US. I was amazed by the overall technical quality of local work that I saw, as well as the dedication and amount of time artists spent on individual works. The other stand out was what local Tokyo artists and galleries were able to accomplish within extremely small spaces. Of all the galleries visited in Ginza, only one was on the ground floor. Many were no more than a small living-room size space a few floors up in some nondescript building just off the main street. Unfortunately it being August, many of the galleries were closed for vacation. I hope to return again when it is a little cooler and I have more time.
Phil Uhl Tokyo
Phil Uhl, at the Gekkoso Gallery in Tokyo................Photo by Mami Watanabe

Honolulu............. Artists of Hawai`i Biennial

Urban Eye by Phil Uhl
"Urban Eye" by Phil Uhl -Mixed Media Original Print Edition of 25 SN & 5AP

Once again I have been very fortunate to be one of the artists selected for the Artists of Hawai‘i biennial exhibition, the largest, longest-running juried exhibition in the state.
This year marks the 59th anniversary of the biennial exhibition, and the juror is Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. He has selected an outstanding spectrum of 118 works by 79 artists. The artwork I submitted for 2011 is an original mixed media print titled "Urban Eye". The image, released as a limited edition of 25 original prints, depicts a surreal view of what a future Honolulu might look like at night.

Honolulu Star Advertiser Review by David Goldberg

June 30 - September 25, 2011

Gallery 28 -Honolulu Academy of Art 900 South Beretania Street Honolulu

Artists of Hawaii Michael Rooks
Artists of Hawai`i Exhibition Juror Michael Rooks greets artists and guests

London....................."Face to Face" published
Roz Savage photo by Phil Uhl
British rower and environmental campaigner Rosalind Savage pulls on her oars, in high seas and sunshine, as she approaches the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It was the final day in the first stage of the first leg of her trans-pacific row............................................................................... Photo by Phil Uhl
I was pleased to learn that Conway Publishing in London has selected one of the portraits I did of Roz Savage for inclusion in "Face to Face" the second in a series of hardcover photo books by Huw Lewis-Jones, former Curator of Art at the University of Cambridge and Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum (UK).

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Face to Face: Ocean Portraits is a lavish collection of spectacular photography above and below the ocean waves, this book is a stunning visual exploration of people who have been inspired by the oceans, who voyaged to the limits of possibility, who endured unfathomable hardships on the high seas, and who have broadened the horizons of our understanding. Atmospheric black-and-white prints from the finest maritime collections appear alongside modern imagery by some of the worlds leading marine photographers.

Completely international in scope, the book features a foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, record-breaking sailor, former Yachtsman of the Year, and winner of the Jules Verne Trophy, and includes such well-known names as Robert FitzRoy, Jacques Cousteau, Robert D Ballard, Wilfried Erdman, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Sarah Campbell, and Ben Ainslie.


Honolulu ........................... One man show

Help by Phil Uhl
"Help" Archival Pigment on 100% cotton Edition of 25SN by Phil Uhl
"Digital Fusion" opens at the Gallery on the Pali
After nearly 6 years of scheduling and cancelations, I have finally been able to get my schedule clear enough to put together a show for my good friend Norma Nichols, the director of Gallery on the Pali. Gallery on the Pali is not your typical art gallery, and despite the fact that it is very small and difficult to find, it is Hawaii's oldest gallery and one of it's most respected art establishments. Looking over the eclectic list of artists that have had their work exhibited there is like reading a history of the art of Hawaii.
Painting of Hokulea by Phil uhl
"Homecoming" Archival pigment & acrylic on canvas Edition of 25SN by Phil Uhl
The purpose of this show is to display some examples of artwork that has been created using digital tools along with conventional techniques and media. While things have changed dramatically over the past 10 years, there is still a lot of confusion and miss information regarding digital art. Understanding the technical side of digital art can be challenging for some, so the point of the exhibit is to help people realize that these are just tools that are easy to use and are available to everyone. When used with creativity and skill these tools can provide a significant contribution to the creation of fine art .

The show runs through the 13th of August. The gallery is located within The First Unitarian Church of Honolulu which is located at 2500 Pali Highway (Eva side just past Jack Lane town bound) The hours are generally 9 am to 8 pm on weekdays, and 1 pm to 4 pm on weekends.


Honolulu......... AIA Award for Long & Associates
Photo by Phil Uhl
I recently had the pleasure of shooting a new oceanfront home designed by Jeffrey Long and Associates of Honolulu. On July 29 at a the American Institute of Architects annual Design Awards Banquet, the LAI team won the distinguished "Award of Merit" for their 2 year effort on the project. The new house is truly a work of art. Photos by Phil Uhl
Photo by Phil Uhl
Morning Light Artwork Photo by Phil Uhl
San Diego........... America3 Women's Team Reunion
Bill Koch photo by Phil Uhl
Bill Koch supported by A3 Women's Team members .......,,,,,,,,,,,.......Photo by Phil Uhl
1n 1995, the America 3 Women's Team made history as the first America's Cup team that, with the exception of the shore based support and one male tactition on board, consisted of women. I was one of those fortunate "male" support team members responsible for the worldwide TV coverage of their effort.

It was great to see many of the sailing team members and support crew at a 3 day weekend reunion in SanDiego. The event was capped off with a gala banquet dinner at the San Diego Yacht Club that featured a fantastic memory laden slide presentation by renowned yachting photographer Daniel Forester, as well as a video that I created especially for the occasion.

A3 founder and CEO Bill Koch, who along with Buddy Melges and team won the America's Cup in 1992, took time out from his busy schedule on the east coast to take part in the festivities, as did A3 President Vincent Moeyersoms, and A3 Vice President, Rick Wrightson. The entire event was organized by team member Annie Gardner who worked non stop for months to make it all happen.

Here is a clip from the video program shown at the reunion. The sound track is from Mars Lasar, I first became aware of Lasar's music due to the extensive use of tracks from his album "Olympus" during the 1992 Olympic games. Mars is one of the most talented and versatil composers working today and has provided fantastic musical scores for many of the CSTV sailing videos over the last 20 years.

Lakeside Ohio.............

Marblehead Lighthouse Poster photo by Phil Uhl
Marblehead Lighthouse Poster by Phil Uhl
The latest edition in a series of posters I have created for our family gallery in Lake Side Ohio, has just been published. The image is of Marble Head Lighthouse, the oldest Lighthouse on the Great lakes. The 18 x 24 poster is available at Ooh La La, Fine Food and Fine Art. 220 W. Second St., Lakeside, OH 43440, as well as The Lighthouse Factory in Luna Pier Michigan