Trophy (Angora Ram)
Woven glass seed beads and enamel on board
Image size: 37 x 42cm
Framed size: 41 x 46 x 1cm
As an art medium beads symbolize the historic links between Europe and Africa, relationships between black and white and for the artist, a process of re-assessing and analyzing one's cultural and spiritual belonging as a South African.
The trophy animals represented here are African symbols of life and wealth. They represent a pastoral way of living and when juxtaposed with urban landscapes comment on the transmigration of people from rural to more urban settings and how they take their value systems and their symbols of wealth and culture with them.
Tamlin completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1995. She specialised in sculpture and finished top of her class. Following this she decided to develop her skills as a painter to combine her love of art and nature in botanical art. This culminated in a Masters in Fine Art degree.
While living in Ireland (2001 - 2002) Tamlin was accepted as a member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland and her work resides in their permanent collection at the University of Limerick. Examples of Tamlin's botanical artwork can also be found in the collections of the University of Stellenbosch Botany Department, Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation USA.
Tamlin's recent work shows a return to more sculptural concepts and consists of painstakingly woven bead images. In 2003 she received a merit award at the Brett Kebble Art Awards and recently she exhibited a collection of portraits and stamps at her successful solo show Change of Address at the AVA, Cape Town. Tamlin's work can be found in the Spier Collection, the collection of the Bead Merchants of Africa and various private collections.
Currently working on private commissions Tamlin also holds the possition of studio manager at Qalo, a project of the art consultancy Coeo based in Cape Town, where artists are invited to collaborate with a team of beaders to create beaded artworks.
1999 Botanical Art by Tamlin Blake - Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town
2001 Exploring Cremnophytes - Bang the Gallery, Cape Town
2004 Change of Address - AVA, Cape Town
1995 Absolute Artistic License - Absolute Vodka competition: First Prize, National Gallery, Cape Town
1996 Volkskas Atelier - National Exhibition, Johannesburg
2000 Inaugural Kirstenbosch Exhibition of Botanical Art - Bronze medal, Cape Town
2001 Botanical Art - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
2002 Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Show - Silver-Gilt medal, RHS, London
2002 Red Dot Artists - Bartley Dray gallery, Chelsea, London
2002 Water Colour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition - Dun Laoighaire, Ireland
2002 Kirstenbosch Biennale - Silver medal, Cape Town
2002 Fruits of Desire - Joint exhibition, Metatron Art Gallery, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
2003 Water Colour Society Annual Exhibition - Dun Laoighaire, Ireland
2003 Island Botanical Art - Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia
2003 Brett Kebble Art Awards - Merit Award, CTICC, Cape Town
2004 Assemblage - Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London
2004 Doring Dolies - AVA, Cape Town
2005 11th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration - Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. (24 Oct 2004 - 29 Feb 2005)
2005 Finding You - Collaborative ceramics exhibition, AVA, Cape Town (April 2005)