Born 1975, Meshack 'Shakes' Tembani lives and works in New Crossroads, Cape Town. He has completed numerous diplomas and certificates in art, and has taken part in various group exhibitions since 1999. As a full-time artist, Shakes received numerous commissions for Mosaic in public spaces such as the Clock Tower building at the V&A Waterfront. He constantly explores various avenues of individual expression in a variety of mediums, primarily painting.
Tembani's signature style utilises strong colour plains, simplifying the subjects and creating a dynamic tension which activates and monumentalises his subjects and their contributions to society at large. Tembani invites viewers to contemplate the nature of the everyday: his current body of work makes use of photographic references of groups of people in uniform, which he transforms into strongly contrasted figures in seemingly empty landscapes.
Tembani has had two solo exhibitions to date: UnQul0, AVA Cape Town (2011) and Just Dogs, AVA Cape Town (2009). His works are included in the collections of Haven Holdings (Johannesburg); Robben Island MPLC (Cape Town); Nando’s and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (Cape Town).
UNQULO - AVA gallery in Cape Town
Just Dogs - AVA gallery Cape Town
Feast Your Eyes - Nando's Soho, London
Artreach in Progress AVA Cape Town
RE-CM Waterfront Cape Town
Soul of Africa (DBSA) JHB
Artreach – The Best of 2008: AVA Cape Town
Making Space at Castle of Good Hope Cape Town
Face (in) Cape Town at Castle of Good Hope Cape Town
Members Exhibition at AVA Cape Town
Annex Gallery Cape Town
Imago Mundi - the Luciano Benetton collection
Haven Holdings JHB
Robin Island (MPLC) Cape Town
Dept of Economic Development and Tourism Cape Town