Isabelle Grobler

b.1982

Specialising in sculptural installation, painting, drawing and printmaking, Isabelle Grobler’s work explores notions of hierarchies and power relations in a world fractured by economic and socio-political paradoxes. While her sculpture utilises a variety of discarded and obsolete objects as a starting point, she creates surreal environments populated by hybrid machine-organisms constructed from urban debris. In her painting she looks to ‘found concepts and ideas’ rather than found objects und draws on the history of art as a starting point for her work.

The spaces she constructs in both her installations and paintings are dreamlike and alien: based on reality, but reconfigured by the unconscious, where recognisable things and ideas have been shuffled and reinterpreted to produce a Kafkaesque ambiguity. The characters vacillate, like Frankenstein’s monster, between the threatening and the pathetic, representing a transformation of dead things into unclassifiable beings.

Isabelle used a residency in Jaffa, Israel as a starting point to develop a body of work called ‘the cannibals’ congress’. This forms part of her ongoing project ‘the cannibals' banquet’ where she explores the politics of consumption as a psychological and social human function.

Isabelle Grobler was born is Pretoria and grew up in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She spent her childhood years between the family farm and town. She completed her BA degree in Fine Art at the University of the Free State in 2009 and her Master of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2012 (cum laude). She was the overall winner of the African Continental juried Lovell Art Competition in 2014. She has exhibited in South Africa, the UK and Israel, in galleries and art fairs including a highly reviewed solo booth at Art15 London. She completed a 6-week residency with the Tiroche De Leon Collection and START in Jaffa, Israel, as well as a solo exhibition with Sulger-Buel Lovell in London in 2016.

 

 

Isabelle Grobler

Selected Works

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Latest Insights

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Sulger-Buel Lovell artists sell above estimate at recent PIASA 'African Contemporary Art Auction'

Sulger-Buel Lovell artists sell above estimate at recent PIASA 'African Contemporary Art Auction'

Soly Cissé, Isabelle Grobler, Slimen El Kamel
News
02 May 2018

PIASA 'African Contemporary Art' Auction Results for 18 April 2018

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Isabelle Grobler completes her residency at the Tiroche DeLeon Collection Residency in Israel

Isabelle Grobler completes her residency at the Tiroche DeLeon Collection Residency in Israel

Isabelle Grobler
Reviews, News
10 Feb 2016

"...she did not fail to impress again... She holds great promise, can't wait to see how her family of sweet cannibal's evolve." - Serge Tiroche

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Passionpalette

Passionpalette

Isabelle Grobler
Reviews
29 Jun 2015

Review of Isabelle Grobler's solo at Art15 London by Daniel Cordiner

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ART15 LONDON ART FAIR | OUR FAVOURITE BOOTHS

ART15 LONDON ART FAIR | OUR FAVOURITE BOOTHS

Isabelle Grobler
Articles
03 Jun 2015

"Ultra Vie attended Art15 in London last week and composed an article of our favourite booths at the fair"

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Exhibitions

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Isabelle Grobler ‘The Meatgrinder Madrigal’ curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Isabelle Grobler ‘The Meatgrinder Madrigal’ curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Isabelle Grobler
London
12 Jun 2018 - 07 Jul 2018

"...likely to provoke, intrigue, shock and delight, in equal measure." - Andrew Lamprecht

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'a gnaw of cannibals'

'a gnaw of cannibals'

Isabelle Grobler
London
01 Dec 2015 - 08 Jan 2016

LONDON, UK A solo exhibition by South African artist, Isabelle Grobler at Sulger-Buel Lovell  8 December 2015 - 8 January 2016 Opening reception 8 ...

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Publications

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Isabelle Grobler 'The Meatgrinder Madrigal'

Isabelle Grobler 'The Meatgrinder Madrigal'

Isabelle Grobler
Publication
13 Jun 2018

The second Solo Exhibition for 2018 is "...likely to provoke, intrigue, shock and delight, in equal measure." - Andrew Lamprecht

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PIASA Auction Catalogue

PIASA Auction Catalogue

Isabelle Grobler, Nú Barreto, Neill Wright
Publication
17 Nov 2016

2nd Specialist sale of Contemporary African art in Paris

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