By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Multiple exhibitions of fifty works by the Osaka Triennial award winning artist Wiz Kudowor, that have never been displayed in public will in March take place in three galleries in Accra.
The exhibitions, which will open at the Ano Gallery (Friday March 16), Berj Gallery (Tuesday March 20) and Artists Alliance Gallery (Thursday March 22) – are being curated by Sela Adjei – a multi-disciplinary artist.
Spanning a period of forty years, works that will be on show include figure drawing, portraiture, still life, architectural designs, fabric designs and his well-known signature style of figurative abstraction with influences of African masks, geometric patterns and esoteric symbolism.
Noted for introducing dynamic artistic techniques and varied tools in his creative expressions, motherhood and feminine essence prominently feature in the themes that run through his work. Indeed, his bold paintings reference the traditional forms and symbols of Ghana’s rich cultural history while drawing inspiration from cubist and futurist styles.
Kudowor’s instantly recognizable style of abstracted figures, scenes and shapes are created using a palette knife and roller brush. His use of these tools – the brush for laying large areas of colour and the knife for more detailed work – is a technique he developed early in his practice.
Educated at the College of Art and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST – Kumasi), his masterpieces can be found in permanent collections in reputable art galleries and private collections including the Alfred Spinnler Collection, African America Museum (USA), Osaka Prefecture Contemporary Art Collection (Japan) andMinistry of Culture (China).
Others are YSB Collection, Tun Daim Zainuddin Collection, (Malaysia), Flag Staff House, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Standard Chartered Bank, Dei Foundation and the National Museum and Monuments Board – all in Accra.
Also an alumnus of KNUST, Adjei is a member of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He has curated a number of exhibitions including the second Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Intellectual and Cultural Festival, which was held at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
All three exhibitions, which are open to the general public, will terminate at the end of April 2018.