London based visual artist.


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‘TRAPT’ 2016

Trapt is about a language that exists between drag queens where we all want to look like transexual Amanda

. Lapore is a genius queen and her looks are divine.

Trapt is a unique oil painting that looks at the role of a face, a portrait, a famous figure and how it was painted without any feelings towards a reaction to our faces’s structural bones, hair, teeth, nose and ears. Although the painting looks very serious, there are boundaries between it’s humorous take on presentation, abstraction and how paint is applied directly from oil tube.

words by: Ice (Ismail) Erbil


Copyright © 2017 Ice Erbil. All rights reserved



‘Triangle’ c type pearl finish photo:

C-type Fuji Flex, edition of x5

10″ x 12″ 254 x 304.8

Price: £120


Photographic c-type printed on dibond created on light sensitive paper using a finely balanced red, green & blue light source.

(A lightweight composite of aluminium and PVC. Fixture options: with subframe)

‘2008-2017 now it’s a painting’ 206

edition of x25.  Price: £470


‘2008-2017 now it’s a painting’

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Ice (Ismail) Erbil is a contemporary artist based in London working with painting, sculpture and fashion. Turkish-born and raised in both Germany and London Ice works in fashion design in the category of education at London College of Fashion Short Courses and specialises in Research, Design and Draping. He holds a BA from Central Saint Martins and diplomas from London College of Fashion. Ice (Ismail) Erbil showed his debut collection in New York. He has worked as a fashion tutor internationally at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane where he also shadowed and was mentored by the course leader Suzy Vaughan. He has also tutored at Northbrook College in West Sussex and Southampton Solent University in Southampton (UK).

Ice is based in his art and design studio in East London and explores new art and fashion directions within his practice including innovative pattern cutting, collage, sculpture and oil painting. Current areas of interest are titled ‘Space Travel’ and ‘Our Giant Sea’ by the artist and also reference historical fashion designers and their influence on identity. Discovering drapery and using a visual language extending into ideas surrounding ‘bones, flowers and UFO’s’ allows Ice to approach the ‘everyday’ from his own unique perspective. He is currently presenting a series of fifty new small works on his web-site as well as draping a new menswear collection with his collaborative art partner and flatmate under the collaborative name ‘Beyond Duality’.

Directions beginning in the areas of Surrealism, fabric and queer art constitute some of the main ingredients of his image-making both as an artist and a fashion designer.

Ice (Ismail) Erbil has shown his work in Germany and the UK and his sculpture has been selected for Whitehotmagazine in New York showcasing his new body of work.




‘Deep Inside’ 2017 edition of x10 Gicleé print printed on gloss on MDF, 20″ x 24″, 6mm thickness, 2017.  Price: £250 (sterling)

Black painted edges. Fixtures: Battens/ MDF Fixings
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‘Time Machine’ Gicleé Print


2-colour corrected

‘Time Machine’Gicleé Print 2015



ismail blue pin 2015

‘blue pin’ oil and marker pens on canvas board, 24” x 18”, 2015



‘My Twin’ Photograph using iphone 5, 2015


‘new work in space’, 2015, fabric



Ice (Ismail) Erbil’s works are often constructed as installations comprising of large numbers of found and ready-made objects that the artist collects while also presenting objects made using materials such as plastics, clay, paper mache and collaged magazines and plaster.  Ice Erbil’s working process melds these different categories of objects, revealing and concealing images in a type of excavation and re-working of symbols and stories.  Another strand of his practice involves the making of costumes that are ceremonial or shamanic in appearance. Ice Erbil places these costumes on stands in amongst his installations or wears them in specific environments to create photographic documentation that then also re-enter his installations as photographs. Sound recordings also figure in his works.  The overall effect is of cycles of actions and layers of objects and performative narratives that draw the viewer into environments or zones of experience. Ice Erbil touches on themes that include traditional ceremonies, the male body, sexuality, rituals and domesticity while exploring an other-worldly physicality that re-locates materials and objects into an ambiguous territory where objects playfully evade classification.


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Image: Ulrich von Liechtenstein, Germany 2014



Copyright © 2017  Ice Erbil.  All rights reserved