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(b. 1974 Johannesburg, South Africa)


Tamlin Blake holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch. She has had eight solo exhibitions to date, the most recent being Revelation: Stories and Secrets Disclosed at CIRCA, Johannesburg (2015). She has also exhibited extensively in group shows nationally and internationally. Her work was included in the Synergy exhibition of contemporary bead art at Iziko Michaelis Collection (2005-06), the South African Art: Signs exhibition held at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava (2007) and the Skin-to-Skin: Challenging Textile Art show, which formed part of the Kaunas Art Biennial TEXTILE 07 in Lithuania (2007). Her work was exhibited at the Spier Contemporary Exhibition (2008), included in the South African Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China and presented as a Spier Special Project at the FNB Joburg Art Fair in 2012. In 2003 she received the Brett Kebble Merit Award and in 2011 she was invited to the Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium for an artist's residency. Her work can be found in various corporate and public collections.





Masters in Fine Art (Illustration), University of Stellenbosch


BA in Fine Art (Honours) Illustration, University of Stellenbosch


BA in Fine Art (Sculpture), University of Stellenbosch, top graduate student of the year



 Currently, Tamlin Blake spends most of her time as a practicing artist and some of her time as Chief Curator for Yellowwoods Art (www.yellowwoodsart.co.za).

 2006 - 2015    

Full-time practicing artist

 2004 - 2005    

Studio Manager for the Qalo bead project (now Qubeka www.qubeka.co.za)


Art History and Drawing lecturer, College of Cape Town

 2001 - 2002    

Lived and worked in Ireland, joined and exhibited with an artists’ group called the Red Dot.




Tied by Time, CIRCA, Rosebank Johannesburg


Stealing Beauty, Everard Read Gallery, Rosebank Johannesburg


Revelation: Stories and Secrets Disclosed, CIRCA, Rosebank Johannesburg 14 May – 5 July


Altered Yarns Revisited, online exhibition at out of the Cube (www.outofthecube.co.za )


Spier Special Project: Tamlin Blake, The FNB Joburg Art Fair, 7-9 September

Altered Yarns, Spier Wine Estate, Cape Town


Private Spaces, Curious Whetstone and Frankly, Cape Town


Birthright, Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town and 2008 Hollard Gallery Hall, Johannesburg


Blood, Sweat and Tears, blank projects, Cape Town


Change of Address, AVA, Cape Town


Exploring Cremnophytes, Bang the Gallery, Cape Town




FNB Joburg Art Fair with Everard Read and Circa Galleries, 11 – 13 September

Summer Exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, 25 November – 15 January


Small Canvas Project, initiated by the Benetton Foundation and exhibited at Ca’ dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy (2014) and Museo Bilotti, Rome, Italy (2014) and the Venice Biennale (2015)

 SPI National Portrait Award, a portrait competition sponsored by Sanlam Private Investment. Shown at various galleries in South Africa through 2014.


The 8th Definitive Series of Stamps, Iziko Museums of South Africa (South African National Gallery)


South African Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, China


Keepsakes, AVA, Cape Town


Skin-to-Skin: Challenging Textile Art. Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg


Spier Contemporary 2007. Spier Wine Estate and Johannesburg Art Gallery


Skin-to-Skin: Challenging Textile Art. Kaunas Art Biennial TEXTILE 07, Kaunas, Lithuania

 South African Art, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. Bratislava, Republic of Slovakia

 Portrait and Landscape, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Lourensford, Somerset West


2006, print exhibition, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town

2005 - 2006    

Synergy, exhibition of contemporary bead art at Iziko Michaelis Collection (South African National Gallery), Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town.


Shaping Place, Grande Provence Estate, Franschoek

Finding You, Collaborative work in clay, AVA, Cape Town


11th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Doring Dollies, AVA, Cape Town

Assemblage, Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London


Water Colour Society of Ireland  Annual Exhibition, Dun Laoighaire, Ireland. Botanical Art Exhibition, group show, Queen Victoria and Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia


Fruits of Desire, joint exhibition, The Metatron Art Gallery, Co. Wicklow, Ireland Water Colour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition, Dun Laoighaire, Ireland

Red Dot Artists. Bartley Dray gallery, 62 Old Church St, Chelsea, London


Botanical Art, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg


Botanical Art, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, RSA

Succulents in Botanical Art, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, RSA




ABSA l’Atelier Competition, National Exhibition, Johannesburg


Brett Kebble Art Awards, Merit Award, CTICC, Cape Town


Kirstenbosch Biennale, Silver medal, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town

Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Show, Silver-Gilt medal, RHS, London Awarded membership of the Water Colour Society of Ireland (WCSI) (2002 and 2003)


Inaugural Kirstenbosch Exhibition of Botanical Art, Bronze medal, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town


Volkskas L’Atelier Competition, National Exhibition, Johannesburg


Absolute Artistic License, First Prize, held by Absolute Vodka, Annex to the National Gallery, Cape Town

Top graduate student of the year, Department of Fine Art, University of Stellenbosch




Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium. A three-week residency focusing on two-colour, stone, lithographic printing.



Iziko Art Collections (South African National Gallery)

Spier Holdings Contemporary Art Collection

The Contemporary Collection for the New Hollard House at Villa Arcadia

South African Breweries

Erma Stern Museum, UCT

Meulensteen Collection, Slovakia

Nandos UK

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Water Colour Society of Ireland at the University of Limerick

Botany Department of the University of Stellenbosch (commissioned by Dr. Piet Vorster and Dr. Betty Marais)

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town (commissioned by Dr. Ernst van Jaarsveld)



Flowering Plants of Africa, Volume 58, 2007

Cactus and Succulent Journal. (U.S.), Vol. 73, March-April 2001, no. 2. p 68.

Aloe. (South Africa), Vol. 38, No 1&2, 2001. p 30.



MCINNES, Jackie (2012) Tamlin Blake. Spier ISBN 978-0-620-52880-1

ARNOLD, Marion (Ed.) and ROURKE, John P. (2001) South African Botanical Art: Peeling Back the Petals, Cape

Town: Fernwood Press, p 188. ISBN: 978-1-8749-5054-7

Catalogue: FNB Joburg Art Fair 2012 (Artlogic and Jacana Media: 2012), p 60. ISBN: 978-1-4314-0709-5

Catalogue: South Africa: 10x12 @ SA, Contemporary Artists from South Africa. Luciano Benetton

Collection. Curator: Nadja Daehnke (Fabrica: 2012). p 35-36.

Catalogue: Spier Contemporary 2007 exhibition and awards. Editor: Jay Panther (Africa Centre: 2007), p 52.