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The symbol of the sword has different means across different cultures. In this painting, however, we look at the symbol of the sword through the lens of Christianity. In Christendom, a sword is a symbol of the Word of God, who is Jesus Christ. We are told in Ephesians 6:17 that the sword of the … Continue reading Commentary on “The Sword” painting by DELASI ANYAH
Jamestown is one of my biggest places of inspiration, I like to call it my muse. When I walk through the streets of Jamestown, its forts and markets, the one thing I see and love is its rustic and rural aesthetic. It feels raw, partly trapped in the colonial era with its rundown buildings. It … Continue reading The Jamestown aesthetic
First of all, I will have to say Isshaq Ismail is one of my favourite Ghanaian artists; and definitely one I will call a mentor. I met him at an art workshop, about three years ago and it has been nothing but mutual support since.
Last year I was privileged to design his website, but today I will love us to talk about his art and the man behind the amazing pieces he makes.
How do you feel when you see the color red? Excited? Do you sense desire? How do you feel when you see a baby wearing pink or blue? Do you think cute? How about a baby wearing black? Oooo! Picture entering a big yellow room with xylophone sounds playing in the background. Now picture entering … Continue reading Stress, low moral and why the corporate world needs art
Someone asked me in the studio today if jute sacks where “my thing”.
My answer: Not really.
My thing is objects that symbolize us in our broken states: the people (including myself) that I hope these works will touch and speak out for. In their discarded or abandoned state, they look quite ugly, bruised and hurt by the elements. And this serves as a beautiful canvas to paint stories that
It’s sad that when most Africans come into contact with anything African, they instantly think of juju, evil or devil worship. But is this really everything about Africa and its art, or is this the Africa we have been presented with? What truly makes us Africans besides the colour of our skin? Think about it! … Continue reading A case for African Art
The story behind this painting blew my mind. It all began with me asking the hard questions: why do you believe in God etc? Which as always opens us up for a beautiful dialog. I didn't see (envision) this painting initially or even know I would be commissioned to paint it. However as time went … Continue reading Reaching Out
This painting has a very interesting story. It all began after church one day. I had just began painting months prior—March 2015, and brought a couple of pieces to a friend who wanted to see my works. As I was showing her the pieces (drawings and prints at the time), another lady walked up and … Continue reading Sunday School
Acrylic on Canvas, 50x50cm Explanation
This painting symbolises a testimony of a man, an agnostic, who had an encounter with God in church. Acrylic on Canvas 80x80cm
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Before I presented the painting to her, I decided to play a little prank: I did this just to see her reaction to the painting before I told her it belonged to her. So this is the little story. After a series of conversations about God, her life, testimonies and other topics, I got to … Continue reading Haus Diaries: Selorm’s Story
View fullsize Marie Ann and Dela Anyah Jacob Tetteh, a friend from way back, we attended high school together, hit me up and told me about an upcoming concert he had at his church. He wanted paintings and what came to me were paintings that captured the word Jewish word Shekinah (or Shechinah): the presence/ glory … Continue reading Haus Diaries: Shekinah Concert (2016)
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Selfie God love you: Acrylic on Canvas (2015) Thanks Sultan💪🏾.
This is painting of a young girl who was pronounced dead a myriad times, as well as incapable of having a normal life (should she survive) by her doctors. She was born at five months and is a living testimony: thanks to the prayers of her family and others who stood by them in prayer. Here, she is seen holding the index finger of her mother, a gesture that proved she still had life within her, and to the left of the painting stands Jesus: He came to give her life at the point where all seemed hopeless.
In her beautiful mind (2015) Pencil and Acrylic on canvas Clouds, Koi fish, foliage and abstract textures. It all happens in her beautiful mind. This work of art is a bespoke piece featuring a hodgepodge of my favourite elements and techniques.
This painting was birthed out of an intimate conversation with a friend of Dela's, whose father had passed away. Their conversation amongst other musings on family life that he Dela had been having at that moment led to the creation of what will be called: A Father's Love. It captures the desire of a newbie father to attend to the cares of his child.
Dela Anyah The Sower The Shofar Crown of Thorns Vessel of honour The Praying Woman
This painting was crafted out of a beautiful testimony of a man who had a near death experience where he met Jesus and was told things that only he would remember and understand; it captures the moment of their intimate conversation and more.
Medium: Acrylic and pencil on canvas.
View fullsize Going up and live soon in the Gallery God is awesome!!! Finally I get to inspire people not just with words or literature but with contemporary art as well on a new level...Exhibition at Nubuke Foundation...paintings going up with the rest soon...The Love Series...Theme is love: the search for love and the desire … Continue reading Sales Exhibition at Nubuke Foundation (The Love Series)