Knife Style - original Atanas paintings

Many artists prefer painting with a palette or painting knife to brush painting. Knife painting affords a close relationship between the artist and the painting surface that is similar to finger painting. Painting with a knife adds texture and dimension to the canvas. Knife painting techniques produce lively, spontaneous results and can add dramatic movement to the art

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One of the most spread and at the same time most ignored art styles of Tanzania is the so called Atanas art style. The knife technique style is everywhere – on Zanzibar, Arusha or in the commercial capital of Tanzania – Dar es Salaam. Maybe that´s the reason no one pay much attention to the remarkable family of Atanas who started this style long before Tingatinga painted his first painting in 1968. The name Atanas originates from the name of the old guru Atanasi Mwanasola Kiswanta who used to decorate caves in Kigoma, western Tanzania. He passed away in 1992 but his wife still lives. Later on more Atanas family members embarked on the path of art – most notable is Constantino Kiswanta. TTS presents you paintings from Francis Atanas, Webston Kiswanta and Nelson Helman Kiswanta known under nickname Spasio. Occasionally a painting may appear from Ndali or Msole Kiswanta – all are from Atanas family. The photo bellow shows Webston, Msole and Ndali

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These Tanzanian artists use only knifes to paint - no brushes!

 
ATANAS Francis | Biography | Images for Licensing

Atanas Francis

3928 Kiswanta 110x140cm SOLD

Atanas Francis

3925 Kiswanta 110x140cm SOLD

Atanas Francis

3926 Kiswanta 110x140cm SOLD

Atanas Francis

3927 Kiswanta 140x110cm SOLD

Atanas Francis

3752 Atanas 81x49cm SOLD

Atanas Francis

3854 Atanas 79x52cm SOLD

 
WEBSTON Sikazwe | Biography | Images for Licensing

Webston Sikazwe

3501 Webson 140x110cm SOLD

Webston Sikazwe

3502 Webson 140x110cm SOLD

Webston Sikazwe

3503 Webson 140x110cm SOLD

Webston Sikazwe

3505 Webson 140x110cm SOLD

Webston Sikazwe

3508 Webson 140x110cm SOLD

Webston Sikazwe

3504 Webson 140x110cm SOLD

 
SPASIO | Biography | Images for Licensing

Spasio

3510 Spaso 140x110cm SOLD

Spasio

3511 Spaso 140x110cm SOLD

Spasio

3512 140x110cm SOLD

Spasio

3518 Spaso 100x80cm SOLD

Spasio

3513 Spaso 100x80cm SOLD

Spasio

3520 Spaso 100x80cm SOLD

Spasio

3515 Spaso 60x80cm SOLD

Spasio

3514 Spaso 85x100 SOLD

Spasio

3519 Spaso 80x100cm SOLD