Ilse Black

Born in 1969 - South Africa


Ilse Black’s drawings are based on structures or systems which are allowed to break down through process. By doing this the work explores the possibilities of entropy, and the falling away of idealised forms.

Ilse Black obtained a BA (Hons) Fine Art Part-Time, Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth (2005-2010) and studied at the Foundation Art and Design Hastings College, Hastings (1999-2001) and at the Michaelis Art School, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1988-1989).

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2014 Line of Best Fit, Aspex Guildhall
2014 Wonder Women, Lisa Norris Gallery, London
2013 Drawn 2013 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2013 Lisa Norris Gallery, London
2013 Grey Matter, Drop Project, Bournemouth
2013 Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
2013 Evolver Prize 2013 Exhibition, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon
2013 Anonymous Drawings, Gallerie Nord/ Kunstverein Tiergarten, 10551 Berlin
2012 Mindscape: Fisherton Mill Gallery, Salisbury
2012 Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2012 The Evolver Prize Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
2012 Watercolour + Works on Paper Fair, Science Museum, London
2012 National Open Prize Winners Exhibition, Pallant House, Chichester
2011 Charlie Dutton Crash Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London.
2011 The National Open Art Competition, Chichester.
2011 Sketch 2011, Rabley Centre for Drawing, Marlborough
2011 Artcare Open, Salisbury Hospital
2011 Brilliance, Paradox Graphic Novel Shop, Poole
2010 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2010 The National Open Art Competition, Chichester
2010 The Plough Arts Centre, Open Drawing Competition, Great Torrington
2009 Fools Experiment, Bournemouth Library in conjunction with BNSS, Bournemouth
2008 Poole Open Draw, Lighthouse Gallery, Poole
2008 Seed, Lower Gardens Project, Bournemouth


2012 Lisa Norris Art, London
2010 DIY, Callandar House, Bournemouth
2010 Chine, Freerange, Truman Breweries, London
2010 No Human Carries a Map, Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth
2009 Furrowed Browse, Holton Lee Gallery, Poole
2009 10-1, Lighthouse Gallery, Poole
2004 Royal College of Physicians, London
2003 Chichele College. Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists Summer Exhibition.

2011 Towry Prize, Best from the South West of England, National Open Art Competition
2011 Artcare Open Exhibition, Highly Commended


2010 Artist in Residence, Ashdown Technical College, Poole
2009 Artists in Residence, Ashdown Technical College, Poole
1991-1994 Montebello Design Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

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