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.”