Tishk Barzanji is a visual artist based in London, United Kingdom. His work touches on the modernism and surrealism movement. His process is about space, colour, deconstruction, breaking boundaries, understanding the living space in this fast-moving world, and human interactions within these spaces. Inspired by his childhood in Kurdistan, and early adult years in London, where he moved in 1997.
The first few years in London were an eye-opener, where his passion for architecture and art began. Surrounded by the rich cultures of London and this new environment, shaped his ideas. He later went on to study Fine Art at Richmond upon Thames College, and Physics at Loughborough University. Since 2017, he has worked with Rockefeller, New York Times, V & A museum, Somerset house, NET-A-PORTER, Gucci, and most recently featured in British Vogue.
The Last Banquet
Transverse depicts a fantastical multi-level building complete with raised pods
The illustrator has also envisioned a world for a Dubai-based luxury jewellery brand
Barzanji spent the first eight years of his life in Iraqi Kurdistan – a time that would act as an incubator for his future work. “Living there was very profound,” he says. “I travelled through a few cities in Iraq with my dad. What stuck with me through these travels was the terrain, and how clear the light was and how the shadows were cast on the streets.”
A move to London in 1997 ignited his passion for art and architecture. The body of work he’s built is knee-bucklingly beautiful, and has been championed by galleries, brands, and other artists alike.
"To belong nowhere is a blessing," says London-based artist Tishk Barzanji when poetically finding the words to describe one of his latest works. Emotional and atmospheric, Tishk’s work transports you into his mind like a hauntingly beautiful graphic novel. Pure poetry and art, he speaks to people on a compelling level around subjects such as anxiety, depression, and belonging to name a few. His message is deep and straight to the heart.
Using memories from Kurdistan and what he could see from council estate window while bedridden, Tishk began exploring people who are marginalized or forgotten by society