(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
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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
COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS
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.
CORPORATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
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
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)
BOTANICAL WORK REPRODUCED IN
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.