By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Abstract drawings by Isaac Yeboah that are profoundly inspired by tradition, illusion, environment, philosophy and powered by supernatural and enigmatic elements are currently on display at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
Employing the sole use of a black ball point pen, he takes the viewer on a rather mute journey that follow a thread of experiences, which encompass objective and subjective ideas that tend to breathe life into his works.
Noted for his particular attention to detail, the artist narrates daily occurrences through elaborate abstract forms while appropriating stylized human / animal figures, geometric shapes and vestiges that enable the eye to freely explore layers within his works while re-discovering their own lives.
Trained at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi), Yeboah leaves a great deal of white space in his works thereby allowing them to sparkle despite an uninterrupted use of black ink.
These inspiring pieces possess mystical qualities that tend to transport the viewer to magical places – undeniably, they evoke calm and intriguing feelings at the same time while creating an incredible ambiance.
With delicate lines and dots, the artist has produced a body of work that enter the realm of the sublime, meditation and timelessness, as he takes viewers on a path that enable them to discover his pieces through their own interpretations.
Yeboah, who was shortlisted for the 2017 edition of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art and Barclays L’Atelier Art Respectively, lives and works in the Ghanaian port city of Takoradi. Titled “Mere Reminiscence”, the exhibition was sponsored by Goethe-Institut Ghana. It ends on Monday June 6, 2022.