By John Owoo – ACCRA – An exhibition of recent works by nine painters from Ghana and Nigeria will on Thursday November 25 open at the CFAO Motors showroom, located at the Airport City in Accra.
Participating artists are Duke Asidere, Amarkine Amarteifio, Nicholas Kowalski, Ayoola Gbolahan, Augustine Gokah, George Edozie, Eric Aniagyei, Babalola Dare Lawson and Okezie Okafor. Edozie’s works for example possess a kind of patch work quality while his simplified two dimensional figures and abstract pieces appear as overlapping blocks of bright colours – indeed of heavy impasto – plain or with gradations intone.
Gbolahan’s paintings explore the views of human growth, capturing the emotional content and courage of personal journeys with triumphant ends. His figural works include images that represent positive emotions such as confidence, devotion, pain and wonder.
Lawson explores classical subjects and geometrical shapes alongside color theories and composition-items that establish a dialogue between the viewer and canvas. He equally comments about Africa, culture and nature as well as the beauty of pen and ink on canvas.
Asidere passionately creates evaluated brush strokes that appeal to the beholder. He is committed to injecting fresh energy into the art world by promoting excellence among his peers and other colleagues.
Kowalski’s work reflects his environment and fundamental experiences as well as his intense desire to free the human spirit. Geometric shapes and exaggerated human figures wrapped in a variety of cool colours attract and sustain attention of the viewer as his innermost thoughts flow through with controlled intensity.
Gokah’s work depicts scenes of remarkable beauty – mainly the Norwegian coast and a call to explore all corners of Ghana. They give a picture of awesome landscapes and moving stories about his life and present day realities.
Aniagyei employs gauge enameled copper wires to create works with exciting themes on Africa and its people. His extremely high human figures depict traditional Ghanaian drummers and other artistes in various designs.
Okezie is known for his deep rooted pedigree and ancestral links to artists in his lineage. His sculptures are characterized by huge eyes shaped in lines of metal while drilling holes at varying angles.
Amarteifio’s work involves the use of transparencies to link up the physical and spiritual worlds. His incredible landscapes coupled with traditional African warriors and abstracts that abound in simple shapes, adinkra symbols and figures forcefully transmit his intended messages.
Titled “Art on Wheels – From Lagos to Accra”, the exhibition, which is being curated by Lily Sefa-Boakye of Tiga African Arts, ends on Saturday November 27. Sponsors are Oak Plaza Hotel, CFAO Motors, Westec Security Systems and Fidelity Bank.
(First published in Arts In Ghana)