Surreal, Poetic Paintings by Tishk Barzanji

We love a piece of art that stops us and makes us pause to consider it. Kurdish-British artist Tishk Barzanji has that ability in spades, with an impressively large collection of dark, surreal, and moody paintings. Taking on a vibe of strange-noir, Barzanji’s work is often accompanied by poems or short verses, like the one below.

Compelling and ambitious work, and yet another reason why art is powerful.

Via DesignYouTrust:


The old man is playing symphonic tunes on his saxophone ,
The sky was so red I couldn’t look at it because it made me sad, swelling tears in my eyes and they dripped quietly on the floor as I got on with my day. I tried to keep my focus, ticked off the to-do list, did my chores. I made breakfast, wrote emails, paid bills and rewrote stories,
but the panic kept growing, exploding in my chest. Tears falling on the bed
tick tick tick
me not making a sound
and some days I just don’t know what to do. Where to go or who to see and I try to be gentle, soft and kind .
It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative, whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.

– A Song For You