Renowned artist, Owusu-Ankomah, exhibits striking new works at October Gallery, London.
Born in Sekondi, Ghana, in 1956, Owusu-Ankomah pursued studies in Fine Arts at Ghanatta College in Accra before moving to Bremen, Germany where he now lives and works. His charged paintings on canvas depict an alternate world wherein monumental human figures are shown moving within an ocean of signs that surround, support and, in fact, define them. The way in which these figures coexist and interact with various symbolic sets has developed through distinct phases over time, reflecting Owusu-Ankomah's own journey of spiritual discovery.
In these latest works, Owusu-Ankomah uses a palette of new colours, and further develops his artistic language by adding 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. Owusu-Ankomah extends his visual explorations in novel directions by developing innovative symbols, such as the Microcron the circle of shining orbs signifying âuniverses inside universes', and musing about the possibility of a parallel coexistence of multi-dimensional universes within a single multiverse. Many secret and exoteric messages are embedded in the symbolic web of Owusu-Ankomah's marvelously painted and intriguingly mysterious world.
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