Kashushu is a native word in rukiga that means “extremely concentrated” which I believe resonates with my art style. My work is primarily experienced as NFTs , traditional paintings and limited edition prints.
I utilise digital tools like adobe illustrator, photoshop, Lightroom and Procreate. Traditionally, I use a acrylic, oil pastels collaged with a wide range of fabrics.
I’ve always drawn as a kid, starting with tiny sticks in sand as the other kids were playing, to pencils, crayons and chalk. I used to get into a lot of trouble especially in primary school for always drawing in class and on exam papers. Then when I finally joined high school, I had art as one of the subjects I studied where I met my art teacher, Mrs. Semitala, who taught me aspects of color, composition and movement that are heavily depicted in my work. I was always so good at imaginative composition and human figure that my work was usually used as an example for the a’level art students yet I was in o’level. When I did my uce Uneb exams, unfortunately my art results didn’t come out because they thought I had cheated/ a teacher had helped me. Because of this, I couldn’t pursue art in a’level and I took a business route. Later on when I joined university pursuing a degree in bachelor of commerce, I couldn’t help but feel rage because I wasn’t pursuing art so I decided to leave the course in my second year second semester and pursue art at Artfield institute of design which began my journey to becoming a professional artist.
With these hurdles, art has remained constant which encourages me to keep going even when it’s difficult.
My work is mainly digital illustrations both vector and pixel where I begin with sketches on paper with granite pencils, pens and markers. I later transfer these sketches to digital programs ike adobe creative cloud and procreate for line work and coloring.
My styles encompass using organic and inorganic shapes to reimagine landscapes, nature and the human figure.
I create surreal liberated characters that are highly influenced by high fashion, fashion photography ,lifestyle trends, music genres like classical music, jazz and reggae, contemporary dancing, travel and my community.
I interpret light and movement on my subjects inform of vector shapes and patterns.
I have a radical approach to imaginative composition with a poetic gesture which I illustrate as a checkered pattern technique that I use to mask human bodies and depict them as figures that are not defined by race or gender. I combine this with doodles, patterns, and bold contrasting color schemes.
I also use mediums like canvas, acrylic paint and fabric to express emotion and mood using an abstract style. With these pieces, I want to make chaos legible using materials as a metaphor.
Color is my language and I use it to speak to my audience.
I’m working within themes of symbolism, surrealism, pop art and abstract expressionism to animate my storytelling. My art documents both normal day to day activities by normal people and imaginative composition with fictional characters. It has a clean aesthetic with contrasting colors. My work is experienced on a large scale since I prioritize extensive detail bc it’s important to me that the viewer discovers something new every time they look at it. My style is highly influenced by famous artists and designers like Guo pei, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and art movements like cubism, art nouveau, surrealism and pop art.
With my art, I’m speaking to anyone that loves colorful stories.
The purpose of my art is to entertain whoever experiences it and to inspire any other artists that wish to pursue this career. I hope to onboard more artists into the NFT space and use some proceeds of selling my art to give back to the community. I believe it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Kashushu is a 23 year old self taught contemporary visual artist , who is currently based in Kampala, Uganda. Kashushu works across various digital mediums like adobe illustrator, procreate , Adobe fresco and adobe photoshop.
Her vibrant abstract compositions are a blend of lines, patterns, geometric and inorganic shapes that she uses to reimagine the human figure, landscapes, still life and nature. Using inspiration from art movements like pop art, her work is identified by her unique and vibrant color schemes. Her work is primarily experienced as NFTS and limited and unlimited edition prints.
Kashushu has showcased her work both nationally and internationally both as prints and as NFTs. She participated in a campaign with ondaba magazine against ivory hunting where she created a painting for the cause that was featured in the magazine. She has also participated in an international group exhibition for the event ‘NFT NYC’ on one of the billboards in times square, New York.
She has co- founded two generative NFT projects which are ‘pineapples dayout’ which is a collection of 5000 digital collectibles that was launched in July, 2021. Primarily a charity NFT project, it’s main goal is to use the proceeds to give back to the community by supporting African artists that haven’t made sales yet.
She later launched another NFT project ‘Bush baby club’ ,in December 2021,which is a collection of 7777 digital collectibles whose goal is to build a street wear and lifestyle brand. Alongside these two projects,she also has her personal collections that can be found by her collectors on NFT marketplaces like foundation.com and OpenSea.io.
With her work, she hopes to inspire artists to let their voices be heard through their art.
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