Feature: Tishk Barzanji

I was born in Kurdistan, Iraq (living there for 7 years), then moved to Dalston, London at the age of 7 in 1997 while living in a housing estate in North London. A lot of my ideas started to come together there. It was a surreal experience moving to London. I learned a lot from the journey - new culture, new life - it was a huge impact on me. My heritage also influenced my work in a big way.  

Having studied Physics at Brighton University and Loughborough University, I was caught in a conflict with the direction I wanted to pursue. But, I knew I could portray my ideas fluently through my artwork. This is when I took my work more seriously and expanded my horizon, researching locations around London to fully immerse myself in this new environment I was living in. The environment that I was embedded in shaped my curiosity about the structures that housed a range of people, different cultures, and atmosphere.

I was especially concerned about space and colour. Little details that are unnoticed in everyday life, but play a big part in our lives, and how people would use these spaces. I like to draw attention to little details, with the composition I choose to use. My inspirations are everyday life, how things work and human behavior. I have a huge interest in the works of Piet Mondrian, Rene Magritte and Ken Price. Their use of colour and juxtaposition intrigues and inspires me. I guess that's what I hope to achieve in my own work.

View more of Tishk's work on his website: www.tishkbarzanji.co.uk/index/