By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Large scale paintings by Joshua Oheneba-Takyi that tend to interrelate, interdepend and intermingle with chairs are on display at Gallery 1957 in Accra.
Interspersed with tenderly sanitized human figures that have been portrayed in a variety of postures – the chairs are created through a cool combination of geometrics and intersecting lines – thereby endowing them with personality.
Designed to represent the concept of dynamism, these ever-present chairs are contrasted with the fluidity of the human form thus emphasizing the latter while allowing the viewer to fully embrace each individual’s unique character.
His female figures are replete with fashionable clothes topped with high heeled footwear while the males are largely in traditional wear. Another trait is the partial blocking of faces of some of his subjects, who tend to be either in motion or a static pose.
With backgrounds characterized by broad brush strokes in diverse colours, his paintings have in recent years increasingly drawn attention from local and international stakeholders resulting in a number of shows.
Undeniably, his artworks intimately document and examine the themes of placement and displacement while often employing the chair as a metaphor for notions of stability and belonging.
Oheneba-Takyi demonstrated an affinity for art at an early age as a coping mechanism for his dyslexia. Moving away from these difficulties, he pursued a degree in Construction Technology and Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi) in 2020.
He has exhibited his works at the Jubilee Mall (Kumasi) and has taken part in several group exhibitions at Antique Lemonade Gallery and Secret Garden – all in Accra. His collectors include the acclaimed Ghanaian / British architect Sir David Adjaye.
Titled “A Seat at the Table”, the exhibition ends on Tuesday August 10, 2021.