Barbara Böhlke

Barbara Böhlke

Barbara Böhlke was born in Swakopmund and now lives in Windhoek. Böhlke received her Honours Degree in Fine Art in 1988 and has been an active part of the Namibian art community ever since. Böhlke has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. She is well known for her large-scale painterly works. While she is often inspired by the expansive landscapes and skies of Namibia, Böhlke says that her works “mostly reflect a psychological ‘inner’ space, rather than describing a physical space”.

Böhlke’s most recent solo exhibition, ‘Shifting Horizons’ was held at StArt Art Gallery in February 2018. In this exhibition, the artist worked with ash, charcoal, white acrylic as well as otjize pigment and yellow ochres which are found in Kaoko, northern Namibia. Böhlke also exhibited as part of StArt Art Gallery's group show ‘Being Here’ in 2017.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Shifting Horizons, StArt Art Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

2008 Studio 77, Windhoek, Namibia

2003 Retrospective, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2002 Kleine Galerie, Walvisbay, Namibia

1994 National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Group Exhibitions

2017 Bank Windhoek Triennale, National Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Being Here, StArt Art Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

2016-2017 NamiArt: a touring exhibition of Namibian Art in Southern Australia

2016 Paint, Village Opera House, Windhoek, Namibia

Namibia: Art of a Young Generation exhibition, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany

2014 Moment of Light, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2012 Namibia Today, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Women Artists of Namibia, Association of Arts Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

2011 Visual Artists of Namibia, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2010, 2012 Women Artists of Namibia, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2010 Namibia 4, Rathaus Galerie, Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany

2009 6 Namibian Artists, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Exhibition of African Art, GTZ Headquarters, Eschborn, Germany

2007 Africa Day, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

       Namibia Art Today, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Thupelo International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Ruth Prowse Cape Town, South Africa

2006 10 Namibian Artists, Omba Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

      Visual Artists of Namibia Exhibition, John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

2005 Group Exhibition, Swakopmund Arts Association, Swakopmund, Namibia

          Group Exhibition, Omba Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

2004 Bank Windhoek Arts Festival Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2003 Human Touch, Contemporary Namibian Art, Turin and Milan, Italy

2000 SADC Arts and Crafts Festival Exhibition & Workshop Exhibition¸ National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

1998 Women Talk Exhibition, Omba Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

        Group Exhibition, Loft Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

1997 Mbile International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Zambia

1996 10 Namibian Artists, Technische Fachhochschule, Bielefeld, Germany

1995 Women Artists Exhibition, Kleine Galerie, Windhoek, Namibia

Namibian Exhibition of Arts and Crafts, Artisan’s Trust, London, England

      Group Exhibition, German Africa Foundation, Bonn, Germany

1994, 1995, 1996, 2008, 2015 Tulipamwe International Artists' Workshop Exhibitions, Namibia

1992 Contemporary Namibian Art at UNESCO, Paris, France

1991, 93, 97, 99, 2001, 2003 Standard Bank Biennale, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

1988 Namibia Art Today, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Funtura, Swakopmund Arts Association, Swakopmund, Namibia

1987 New Signatures Exhibition, Arts Association, Cape Town, South Africa

1986 Joint exhibition with Nicky Marais, Swakopmund Arts Association, Swakopmund, Namibia

Awards

1999 Merit, Standard Bank Namibia Biennale, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

1997 Highly commended, Standard Bank Namibia Biennale, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

1993 First prize, professional artists’ category, Standard Bank Namibia Biennale, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Selected Residencies, Workshops and Commissions

2015 Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Namibia

2009 2 month residency in Berlin, Germany, awarded by p.art.ners berlin-windhoek

2008 Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Namibia

2007 Thupelo International Artists Workshop, South Africa

1997  Mbile International Artists Workshop, Zambia

1994, 1995, 1996 Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Namibia

Collections

Public Collections

Arts Association Heritage Trust, Windhoek, Namibia

National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek; Namibia

Swakopmund Arts Association; Swakopmund, Namibia

Embassy of Namibia, Paris, France,

African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Namibia Government Collection, Namibia

Private Collections in Namibia, South Africa, Germany, France, Norway, United States of America, Zambia

Publications

Bank Windhoek Triennale 2017, Exhibition Catalogue (National Art Gallery of Namibia)

Directory of Namibian Artists 2012, Kloppers, Sas (Dream Africa Productions and Publishing South Africa)

Flamingo, October 2004, Pallet, John, pp 42-45 (Air Namibia)

Human Touch, 2003, Exhibition Catalogue

SADC Arts & Crafts Festival 2000, (National Art Gallery of Namibia & Ministry of Basic Education)

Standard Bank Namibia Biennale 1997,1999, 2003 Exhibition Catalogue (National Art Gallery of Namibia)

Art in Namibia 1996, Adelheid Lilienthal, (National Gallery of Namibia)

Bielefelder Offene Ateliers, 1996

Tulipamwe International Artists' Workshop Exhibitions 1994,1995,1996, 2008, Exhibition Catalogues (Tulipamwe)

Art Organisations & Memberships

2006 - 2015 Working group member Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop

2011 - 13 Board member Tulipamwe Visual Arts Trust

1994 Committee member of Arts Association of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

1994 - 1997 Member of Tulipamwe Working Group of Artists, Namibia

1996 Curator and Co-organizer with Gilbert Bender of Bielefeld of group exhibition “10 Namibian Artists” for “Offene Ateliers”, Bielefeld, Germany

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