Painted late at night to the progressive jazz of Jaga Jazzist & Caribou Tshikare's works have a sweet and sugary palette: powder blue, sherbet pink and lemon yellow; lime green and candy apple red. Full of symbolism and hidden meaning, the softness of the avian shapes, contrast with the hard edged architectural lines, reminiscent of Karel Nel’s structures.
Atang got hooked in architectural drawings as a graffiti artist hiding from cops on rooftops. The paintings combine what Atang calls ‘vague’ and ‘precise’ work. The preciseness of the architectural lines are juxtaposed with the softeness of feathers and suggest the spacial element that the birds exist in.
Although Tshikare studied graphic design, he’s loath to sit at a computer. “You get a different sense when you’re touching something,” he says. The jump from graffiti to product design was, ultimately, an organic one. “I wasn’t trained as a designer, but I naturally knew how to wrap something with art so that no matter what angle you look at it, it’s exactly what I want you to see.”
He imbues his work with stories, some drawn from African myths or folktales.
Atang Tshikare’s work is reflective of the new generation of eclectic, multi-disciplined creatives who represent their culture but are not exclusively defined by it.
These are the young creatives who are shaping the new South African cultural landscape.
Atang Tshikare is considered by many in the design world to be one of the most exciting prospects in the field to emerge in recent years. His style reflects contemporary South Africa and it's only a matter of time before his designs become recognisable around the world.
ATANG TSHIKARE / Glad You've Made It Here
The paintings combine what Atang calls ‘vague’ and ‘precise’ work. The preciseness of the architectural lines are juxtaposed with the softeness of feathers and suggest the spacial element that the birds exist in.
Atang Tshikare has drawn himself on to the international map by participating in Design Days Dubai, exhibiting in Germany; and supplying small stores in Oslo, Sweden, which stock his work. He is also involved in several local design festivals and exhibitions.