By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
An exhibition of paintings, mosaics, ceramics, sculptures, pottery and woodworks by thirty-two artists ended on Sunday August 29 at the Grand Arena – Accra International Conference Centre.
The plush Grand Arena served as a space which provided a unique opportunity for the artists to share their artistic work with art lovers, collectors and the public at large while creating an enabling atmosphere for creative expression, discussion and socialization.
Artists, whose works were displayed include Dr. Asabea Asare, Betty Acquah, Wiz Kudowor, Sami Bentil, Larry Otoo, Nicholas Kowalski, Amarkine Amarteifio, Victoria Adoe, Seth Clottey, Gabriel Eklou, Kobina Nyarko, Martin Dartey and Koo Nyarkoh.
Others are Nana Yaa Omane Peprah, Moh Awudu, Matilda Ammisah, Nana Kwesi Agyare, Daniel Kukubor, Kweku Genfi, Daniel Botchway, Issah Mohammed, Bright Danso, Audrey Forson, Kojo Danku, Samuel Asamoah and Issaka Sulemama.
Dubbed “Sound Out”, this distinctive group show – which is the second edition – set out with the ambitious goal of acknowledging and celebrating home grown art in a bid to inspire artists in their creative journey as their aspire for excellence.
A visual language interpreted through symbols and body contours by Kudowor, blending of Ghanaian history with a call for world peace by Bentil, inspiring portraits by muralist Awudu and earth-coloured figures by Eklou are some of the works that illuminated the Grand Arena.
Others are portrayal of the struggles and ambitions of ordinary African women by Acquah, textural / expressive paintings by Kowalski, symbolism of fish on large-scale canvasses by Nyarko, pots embellished with adinkra symbols by Matilda Amissah and landscapes / beachscapes by Clottey.
The exhibition’s purview expanded with a series of conversations and talks including one with the internationally acclaimed artist Ibrahim Mahama, Dr. Asabea Asare, CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority and USA based Ghanaian artist Sami Bentil.
Opened by Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary of the Office of the President, the exhibition was supported by Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Ghana Tourism Authority and Ghana Eximbank.