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TANIA BABB
Born 1967   view more
 

"My work is about people. People and their relationships to themselves, to others and to animals. I use buttery porcelain clay, which I feel conveys the vulnerability of human flesh and the human condition. It must be said that there is humour in this exposure and the solidity of clay juxtaposes the lightness of spirit.

I try to capture, in the subtlest and most feeling way, gesture and movements that silently reveal inner attitudes. My figures are archetypal and recognisable in their frailties and strengths.

Venusians women sitting astride hulking African beasts, Rhinos, Elephants, seem to allude to a quiet, almost subconscious, strength inherent in the feminine archetype.

I have great fun unleashing my imagination onto clay."


Quote from Tania Babb

EDUCATION

1984 Matriculated Camps Bay High School
1985 – 1988 Study Graphic Design Ruth Prowse School of Art
1986 – 1987 Apprenticed to Barbara Jackson
1988 Ceramic and Life drawing course Surrey Institute UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS CAPE TOWN

2017
Dream now, dream not, the annual Winter Solstice Exhibition, The Cape Gallery

2016
An exhibition with David Kuijers at The Cape Gallery
The Rain Maker, the annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery

2015
An exhibition with David Kuijers at The Cape Gallery

2014
Exhibition with David Kuijers at The Cape Gallery
Pause; the annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Threshold, annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery

2013
Exhibition with David Kuijers at The Cape Gallery

2011
Exhibition with David Kuijers at The Cape Gallery
Annual wild life exhibition at The Cape Gallery
"Continuum" Cape Gallery

1986 – 2003
“Frogs” The Art Scene
“Candelabra” Montebello Art Centre
“Women by Women” The Art Scene
“Clay Creations” The Yellow Door
“Boxes” The Art Scene
“Group Exhibition The Yellow Door”
“Spring” The De4sire Resnick Gallery
“Pairs” The Art Scene
“Colourful and Contemporary” The Baxter Gallery
“Contemporary Ceramics” Primart
“Tribute to Flowers” The Art Scene
“Cross Culture Sculpture” Primart
“Waterfront Exhibit” Art Route Studios
“Mount Nelson Exhibition” Art Route Studios
“Young Woman Ceramists of the Cape” Alfred Mall Gallery
“Group Exhibition” Bellville Art Gallery
“British Council Exhibition” The Castle
“Creative Clay at the Cape” British Council
“Rust en Vrede” Art Route Studios
“Four Man Show” Constantia Village Gallery
“Potters Association Exhibition” Bellville Gallery
“Man” Bang Gallery
“Blue and White Exhibition” Kalk Bay
“An Angel, a Teapot and a very large Feast” Alfred Mall Gallery
“Small is Beautiful” Kalk Bay
“Four Man Show 2” Constantia Village Gallery
“Two Man Show” The Art Scene
“Skinny Birds and Fat Ladies” 2 person show with Ronnie van der Walt The Art Scene
“Solo Exhibition” Borge House
“Three Generation Exhibit” With Mother and Grandmother at the Art Scene
“Annual Show” Penny Dobbie Gallery
“APSA National Show” Nico Malan
“Icons” Dorp St Gallery
“Art Exhibition” Durban
“My Echo my Shadow and Me” Alfred Mall Gallery
“Innocence, awakening, fullfillment” Triology exhibition Bellville
“Clementina” Opening exhibit
“Gallery Sharon” Opening exhibit

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Solo exhibition at Art B Gallery Association of Arts Bellville Feb 2004-07-29
Solo exhibition The Pottershop June 2004-07-29

GROUP EXHIBITIONS IN OTHER TOWNS IN SOUTH AFRICA
“Rites of Spring” Helen de Leeuw gallery Johannesburg
“Two Person Show” Things Gallery with Ronnie van der Walt Johannesburg
“Opening Exhibit” Orchard Gallery Port Elizabeth
“National Biennial Ceramics Exhibition” Johannesburg
“Beach House exhibition” Solo at Porcupine Gallery Plettenberg Bay
“Group exhibition” Old Gaol Gallery Knysna
Work selected and bought for the Lady Michaelis collection Durban
“Group Exhibition “Standard Bank Art Festival Grahamstown 1994
“Group Exhibition “ Standard Bank Art Festival Grahamstown 1995 (sold out)
“Group Exhibition “Standard Bank Art Festival Grahamstown 1997
“Altech Ceramics Biennale 2000” Johannesburg
“Group exhibition” The Bay Gallery Durban
“Johan Smith Art Gallery “ Clarens
“Articles and Frames “ Pretoria
“The Magical Other” Group Show Kim Sacs Gallery Johannesburg
“Nedbank Emerging Artists Display” Cinema Nuveau

EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS ABROAD

2003
Due South Gallery Bath UK
Just Africa Fort Lauderdale Florida

2002
Out of Africa Cannes France
Mr Jungs Gallery Korea

2000
Inspires Gallery Oxford UK

1999
Show of Hands Gallery Denver Colorado USA

1998
Greenstone Court California USA
Down to Earth, New Ceramics from South Africa, Running Ridge Gallery USA
Running Ridge Gallery Santa Fe New Mexico USA

1997
Gallery 8 La Jolla San Diego California USA
Trios Gallery Solana Beach San Diego USA
Work selected for Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland New Zealand

1996
Code Red Art Gallery Perth

1995
Art of Africa Hamburg Germany

1991
Exhibited at Chelsea Craft Fair London

PUBLICATIONS
2002 Featured in the Nedbank Emerging Artists Magazine
2001 Article and Photographs in National Ceramics Quarterly
2000 Cookery Cards 12 top Cape Town Ceramists
1999 Interest Item Fairlady Magazine
Interest Item House and Leisure Magazine
Interest Item Conde Nast House and Garden Magazine
Interest Item Style Magazine
Interest Item Elle Magazine
1994 Featured in Your Family Magazine
1992 Featured in Arts and Entertainment Guide
1991 Featured as a ‘Movers, people born to go far ‘ Cosmopolitan magazine


AWARDS
2003 Sculpture purchased by William Humpries Gallery Kimberley
2003 Work accepted to exhibit on APSA Trienniel
2003 Work reached the finals of the Brett Kebble Art Awards
2002 International Orton Conebox Show Kansas USA Purchasers Award

A Directory of Southern African Artists: Jean Campbell Volume 3 and 4

Tania Babb
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Artist: TANIA BABB
Title: Big colourful broad II (20418)
Size: 25.5 x 18 x 8 cm
Media: Ceramic
Price: R 2 000
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