Brigid Ibell

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Brigid Ibell (2011)
Brigid Ibell in front of one of her wall-sized paintings
Brigid Ibell

Brigid Ibell (* 1958 in Cape Town ) is a South African painter. She has lived in Frankfurt am Main since 1982 .


Ibell received her first painting lessons from 1976 to 1979 at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. In 1981 and 1982 she studied in Paris and then in Frankfurt, where she has mainly lived and worked since then, interrupted by a three-year stay (1986–1989) in Italy .

In 1993, she was in Salzburg master student at the Austrian painter and performance artist Hermann Nitsch , co-founder of the Viennese Actionism , where she also followed from 1994 to 1996 at the Städel School studied in Frankfurt. Nitsch called it the "special dramatic, theatrical force" that characterize Ibell's works.

Ibell's often wall-sized, strongly colorful and expressive paintings are predominantly compositions of oil paints and pure, often red pigments on canvas, which gives her work a strong color intensity and radiance. The artist also creates collages on handmade paper.

Brigid Ibell's paintings can be seen in numerous collections at home and abroad, including in Switzerland , Italy and Dubai .

She has been running her own studio in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen since 2000 .

Brigid Ibell has been married to the architect Jürgen Frauenfeld since 1983 .

Exhibitions (selection)


  • Jasmin Wolfram (text), Birgid Ibell (ed.): Ibell , Selbstverlag, Frankfurt 2011, ISBN 978-3-00-034984-3
  • Gabriele Makus, Klaus Bäppler, Ursula Grzechca-Mohr: Brigid Ibell. Painting and order , Verlag Kehrer, Heidelberg 1999, ISBN 978-3-933257-16-1
  • Color sounds. Pictures by Brigid Ibell , Bad Homburg Cultural Office, 1997

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