Artist of the moment….Owusu Ankomah

Owusu Ankomah is a fantastic contemporary artist born in Sekondi, Ghana in 1956. From a design point, the works are incredible. Look closely and at first glance the work is hypnotic and put the viewer in a daze to try and decipher what the symbols could mean. Then look closer and in many cases there is at least one person, often times in motion, also hiding in the picture. In addition to his own culture the artist makes up his own symbols and borrows some signs and strokes from Chinese calligraphy.

In this clip we listen Ankomah talk about the art economy and if art can be used to help poverty stricken areas of the world.

It may take you some time but please try to find at least one the characters “hidden” in Owusu Ankomah’s work!

The artist’s work is very contemporary as it includes symbols and texts from cultures around the globe that you would not normally associate with each other, such as African and Chinese cultures.

In 1979 the artist left Africa for the first time travelling abroad to Europe making important art and business contacts over the years.

First show in the United States was in 1981, featuring artists from his native country of Ghana.

In 1986 Ankomah moved to Bremen, Germany. He is still based out of the city.

The symbols used by Owusu Ankomah come from the Andrika culture.

For his artistic education the artist attended Ghanatta College of Art in Accra, Ghana.

Part of shows in the United States, Europe, and Africa.

Another theme is crop circles.

Price range information: Many works priced $5,000 to $25,000. Works mainly with acrylics.

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