Tamar Karbelashvili’s main field of work is easel graphics, book design, and illustration, but she also creates paintings.
From 1962 to 1966, she studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts at the Faculty of Drawing. After graduating from the academy, she started working at the publishing house „განათლება“ (“Ganatleba”/Education) and later actively cooperated with other publishing houses and productively served the field of book publishing. With her diploma work, created in a distinctive, expressive drawing language, the artist instantly draws the attention of teachers and the public interested in art. The illustrations of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani’s “A Book of Wisdom and Lies” are made with the colourful linocut technique that stands out by highly artistic and subtle colours. Later, the artist chooses book illustration as the main field of her work.
She has illustrated a variety of literature. From 1960 to 1980, she also illustrated school textbooks. In addition to linocut, the artist actively uses sanguine pencil, pastel, gouache, and tempera in her easel works. She depicts the landscapes of Svaneti, Tianeti, or views of Tbilisi with restrained expressiveness and subtle colours. She takes part in a group (1965, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1990, 1991) and solo (1980) exhibitions held in Georgia.