Ilze Coombe
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Born in 1950 in Adelaide, South Australia, of Latvian parents who came here as Displaced Persons after WW2. Spent 1972-3 in Switzerland studying at the Applied Arts School in Zurich, afterwards travelling in France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Latvia, New York, London. More recently the Philippines.

2008 – represented in the book “Australian Latvian Artists” publisher ALMA, NSW

2006 – B of Management (Marketing), University of South Australia

1973 – Certificate of Stage Design, International Summer Academy of Fine Art, Salzburg, Austria.

1972 – Diploma of Art & Design (Graphic Design), Swinburne, Melbourne, VIC

A graphic designer for more than 30 years. Illustrated 5 Latvian language books published in Sweden. Worked in advertising agencies and for printers.

Fine art etchings (series of “The Sleeping Beauty”) together with handset type in German is in the collection of the Applied Art School of Zurich, original book illustrations at Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers in Adelaide and in private collections.

In 2006 I made a couple of contemporary art wall quilts of sea themes using applique and beading, evolving to lino-cuts and screen-printing of Latvian power symbols onto home décor and clothing.

Some of the places where Ilze has exhibited:-

Wittlich Culture Centre, Germany, 1975

Sydenham Gallery, Norwood SA, 1975

Australian Latvian Festival of Arts, from 1972

Greenhill Galleries, North Adelaide SA, 2004

Gallery M, Oaklands Park SA, 2005

Victor Harbor Winery SA, 2006

Stationmaster’s Gallery, Strathalbyn SA, 2007

The Green Room on High Street, Willunga SA, 2009-10

Red Poles Gallery, McLaren Vale SA, 2010

Incube8r, Fitzroy VIC, 2010

Black Diamond Gallery, Port Adelaide SA, 2020