Waswad, also known as Wasswa Donald Augustine, is a Ugandan contemporary and multidisciplinary artist who was trained at Kyambogo University. Waswad created in the past his own world called “Elephania”. “Elephania” sketches a storyline in which his entire work merges in one. And just like “Elephania” consists of various images, Waswad’s whole work shows a multidimensional mosaic of different artistic approaches. He is a founder of Art Punch Studio, a collective art space.
His style keeps changing from human figures, architectural, cars, portraits drawings to the recent dreamscapes. They are largely inspired by design, nature, music and fantasy giving birth to a new language he speaks. Waswad also experiments with various materials to express himself through blending semi-abstract and realism styles, where he looks for the hidden beauty that lies in the incorporation of materials when creating sculptures and installations.
Waswad works with organic materials particularly hard wood from trees that have been damaged and other waste materials which he turns into sculptures in a long process of carving and shaping. In his latest work T.M.W.A., meaning The Most Weird Animals, in which he merges Ebony and Mugavu wood, he explores, observes and interprets the habitation of humans in undesirable environments where both fear and desire for change arise.
The artist is represented by LKB/G Gallery.
Featured image: Waswad – Transhumanism series I, 2017
All images courtesy LKB/G Gallery
|2017||To live is to become||Afriart Art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda||Solo|
|2017||ART TRANSPOSITION: Kampala - Nairobi - Hamburg||LKB-G, Hamburg, Germany||Group|
|2017||Kampala Contemporary||Kassel, Germany||Group|
|2016||Group show||Art Gallery POT, Axel, Netherlands||Group|
|2015||Kunst in de Monumenten||De Boom der Liefde, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands||Group|
|2015||Strange Encounters||Lokaal 54, Terneuzen, Netherlands||Group|
|2015||Chasing Clouds||Somewhere Els, Antwerp, Belgium||Group|
|2012||Evolution3D||AKA Gallery, Kampala, Uganda||Solo|
|2012||Toast of the moment||Afriart Art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda||Group|
|2011||Signature Art Exhibitions||Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda||Group|
|2010||The seventh sense||Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala, Uganda||Solo|
|2010||Love Chronicles||Nomo Gallery, Kampala, Uganda||Group|
|2010||Visual art performer-live painter||Emil und die Detektive-Bayerisches Staatsschauspieltheater, Germany, Austria and Denmark||Group|
|2009||The 3rd Evolution (re-birth)||Alliance Francaise, Kampala, Uganda||Solo|
|2008||Song of a black child||Artpunch Studio, Kampala, Uganda||Group|
|2007||Kyambale joint art exhibitions||Goethe Zentrum, Kampala, Uganda||Group|