“The heart of the Black Artist’s ideology is the dedication of his heart to the cultural liberation of his people. It is in this sense that Black art is decidedly functional, politically and spiritually, and it is not to be confused by the alienation concept of “art for art’s sake” rather than art for people’s sake” – B. E. Gaither
I describe my practice as visual narration. I always aim to tell a story and bring my audience into a different experience, whether through portraiture, landscape painting or installation. Through the work I hope to convey different emotions and sensations and create an open platform for personal exploration and discussion.
My current focus is challenging perceptions of racial and cultural identity. Issues of racism and stereotyping have permeated Western art and remain present in contemporary media and society. This is most evident in mainstream standardisation of beauty, especially in music and cinema.
Growing up in in England has given me a Western perspective /training in art and painting, yet my practice has also been significantly informed by Ghanaian culture alongside black artists and voices. As artists we have a huge impact on society and with this comes a responsibility to use our voices to connect with others. Re-appropriation enables me to combine traditional Western methods of painting with imagery and influences from my subjects’ cultural backgrounds. This enables me to create fully informed representations of people, their true identities and life stories, free from bias, standardisation and stereotypes.