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
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.
Emilomo is an amazing singer and a true worshipper. I got a chance to first listen to her live in church and at an event before the release of her single. And to say it was an honour to work on her album cover will be an understatement.
Today, I want to ask her three questions, about her single, THE ORDER OF THINGS and more. Let’s dive in.
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
Thanks for your question. If you study art history, you would realize that majority of works that have been done as far as art history can go are characterized by what you call “negative” themes. From the gorgeous and very detailed paintings of Jesus crucified on the cross that many have in their homes, to African Art masterpieces used during ritual ceremonies, to Picasso’s Guernica which was in response to the bombing of Guernica to the numerous paintings of Judith beheading Holofernes, to Francis Bacon’s works on death, to Damien Hirst themes on death, and the list can go on. Actually many have had death as a theme. But why? What many people don’t immediately realize is that art is a way of capturing what’s happening in the times we live in. As Nina Simone put it, how can you be an artist and not reflect the times you live in?
Where does the concept of the starving artist come from? Why do most creatives rant about not working for free? Why do most creatives give up their crafts and go look for a “real job”? How have some succeeded and built world-class empires?
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
Everyone goes through pain.
But channeling that pain into a work of art is on another level.
You feel the pain of others including yours
You stay in your pain to create,
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94 (painting above), which is amongst a series of works titled "a tall abstract story" is being exhibited along with a hodgepodge of works of art and literature by Dela Anyah. For more information about the works and gallery head to the NUGallery in East Legon.
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)
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
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)
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