This year's New York edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair drew a variety of talented artists who shared common themes of love, family, identity, and oppression in their works. Out of the 21 galleries that presented at the fair, Accra-based Gallery 1957 showcased a beautiful ensemble by rising star, Gideon Appah.
He started drawing from a young age of 8-years-old. He says his first love was drawing portraits of characters with a certain type of emotional intensity. He then went on to obtain a BFA in painting at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Appah was discovered by Gallery 1957's founder, Marwan Zakman while exhibiting at Nubuke Foundation last December while showcasing, Pokua's Place a—series that inspired his current work at the gallery.
His latest project, Memoirs Through Pokua's Window, is a way to escape reality and create in a celestial, dreamlike state based in nostalgia from his childhood memories with his grandmother. Because she was a priest, he felt that it was only right that he explores the connection between family politics and spiritual things. Her essence seeped into the walls, people, and his family...Click to continue reading
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