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Ilhem Ellouze

1957 Sfax, Tunisia

12 Works exhibited

Current location

Tunisia - France

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography
  • Awards

Born in Sfax (Tunisia) in 1957.
She lives and works in Nabeul (Tunisia) and Ronchamp (France).

At the same time painter, sculptor and designer, Ilhem Ellouze is a Franco-Tunisian artist whose work will have contributed to placing Tunisian contemporary art on the international artistic scene. In her book "Painting in Tunisia - Origins and Development", art historian Sophie El Goulli sheds light on Ilhem Ellouze's work in both an Eastern and Western light. We find in the gestures of the artist an approach rooted in the artistic traditions of Arab-Muslim culture, while incorporating the spirit of contemporary Western art in his compositions. The repetition and accumulation of conical shapes do not fulfill a decorative function but seek the effectiveness of the concept: the representation of the individual within a human crowd.

In 2001, Ilhem Ellouze seriously injured her retina with a laser cutting machine. This accident forced her to stop producing. She returned to the art scene ten years later, and then began the work of charcoal drawing.

In her charcoal drawings, the interspersed lines, repeated shapes, voids and solids instantly evoke the play of light offered by the stained-glass windows, or the rays of the sun cut by the moucharabiehs. For Ilhem Ellouze, it is about putting in tension the singular, the definite and unique form, and the general, the anonymous symbol. Her work corresponds to a kind of dramaturgy of loneliness, but also to the affirmation of the sustainability of the conscience fighting for its safeguard.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2019 Singulier universel, Galerie Robet Dantec, Belfort 2000 AAC, Chapelle du Collège Gérôme, Vesoul
  • 1996 L’entrepôt, Mulhouse
  • 1994 Galerie Cheloudiakoff, Belfort
  • Galerie Schauer, Paris 1992 Villa R, Belfort
  • 1989 Centre des cultures méditérannéennes, Belfort 1986 Galerie Médina, Tunis (Tunisie)

 


 

Painting in Tunisia - Origins and developments, Sophie El Goulli, Ed.Jumeaux 1994

Monographic catalog, Texts by Bady Ben Naceur and Barbara Puthomme, 2019

1st Sculpture Prize of the City of Sfax (Tunisia)

Works by Ilhem Ellouze

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240 x 120 cm

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116 x 150 cm

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116 x 150 cm

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2019

70 x 100 cm

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29.5 x 42 cm

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29.5 x 42 cm

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70 x 100 cm

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31 x 58 cm

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