Thama Kase (Thamae Kaashe)

Thama Kase was born in 1971 on the farm Makriel in the Ghanzi District of Botswana. He joined the Kuru Art Project in 1992 when his large swirling compositions and unusual colour combinations were met with great enthusiasm by art lovers. Thama Kase enjoys combining well-known animals with ones that he has conjured up and which as a result of his fantasy are amusing and charming. He comments that these caricatures of animals stem from his childhood memories of hunting trips with his father. For a small boy, the animals they encountered were enormous and frightening. In his dreams, they became the caricatures he now likes to depict. Through the years they have lost the hideous appearances they have had for the small boy and the artist likes to look at them now as comical fantasy characters. "Why do I always have to make the serious things? Why should I not make people laugh? Anyhow, I think people love the fun in my art".

Apart from the fun, he also has a serious side. He has great respect for his culture and traditions. He gives serious attention to the advice the elders give him. " The old people tell me where to go with my art and with everything I do." He sometimes depicts the stories he has had heard from them. They have told him to cherish his art, to hold onto it so that he can leave something about himself and his character for his children.

Kase enjoys playing the guitar and has is interested in the traditional music and dance of his people. He has vivid childhood memories of hunting trips with his father and grandfather and since he can remember traditional hunting methods and weapons have fascinated him. For him, these things are more important than the modern-day technology, like motorcars, radios etc. Even so, he admits that he loves his radio and the music it produces.

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Title: Stuff in the Shop
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Size: 38 x 50 cm
Edition size: 40
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Title: Different Snakes
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Size: 38 x 50 cm
Edition size: 40
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Title: Mochudi House
Medium: Two colour lithograph
Size: 50 x 38 cm
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Title: Birds and animals
Medium: Single colour lithograph
Size: 45 x 63 cm
Edition size: 16
Date: 1992
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