The signs and symbols of Owusu-Ankomah
Owusu-Ankomah, Thinking the Microcron No.1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 120 X 140 cm. Photo by Joachim Fliegner. Image Courtesy October Gallery London
Ghanaian artist Owusu-Ankomah will be showing a series of new paintings, laden with mysterious symbols and signs, at the October Gallery in London from September 15...
Owusu-Ankomah, Looking Back into the Future, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200cm
Based in Bremen in Germany, Owusu-Ankomah's art often depicts large scale human figures and for this new collection, Microcron - Kusum (Secret Signs - Hidden Meanings), each is surrounded and camouflaged by various symbolic sets and signs.
Owusu-Ankomah, Microcron - Kusum No.4, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 135 X 175 cm. Photo Joachim Fliegner. Image Courtesy October Gallery London
According to the gallery, for the new paintings Owusu-Ankomah has added well-known logos and Chinese calligraphy, as well as "visual signs of his own invention to the customary lexicon of 'adinkra' symbols, which each represent a particular concept used by the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana. In the same Akan language, 'kusum', refers to sacred sites involved in the secret performances of mystery rites."
If you don't know Owusu-Ankomah, you'd be thinking his artwork is a bit weird but it's not. His work is actually artistic using Adinkra symbols. I find it entertaining especially whenever I see his work, I would automatically look for a man because it's his trademark! Well, that is what art is about, right?
Wow! amazing! Wish I was in London to see his exhibition!
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