A Very British Safari

My country, Ghana, is a former British colony and I have always been fascinated by colonial architecture, history and influence. I always visited old European built forts, castles, bungalows and institutions. I like that form of tropical, colonial architecture. It seemed like such a fascinating time of exploration.

I especially loved visiting Elmina  Castle. I once got a glimpse of the first bank in Ghana that obviously fell to ruin from lack of care.

This is based on a photo shoot with Keira Knightley for Vogue.

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Ashanti Girl

My father is from Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana. I was born in the south, in Accra.

From Wikipedia ” The name Asante “warlike” derives from the 1670s as the Asanti went from being a tributary state to a centralized hierarchical kingdom. The Ashanti Empire was founded in 1670 and the Ashanti capital Kumasi was founded in 1680 by Asantehene (emperor) Osei Kofi Tutu I on the advice of Ɔkͻmfoͻ Anͻkye, his premier.”

“The Ashanti  ethnic group is a wealthy ethnic group due to large gold deposits that are mined within  Kumasi…Ashantiland is endowed with large deposits of gold and diamonds. Ashantiland  is a top-9 gold producer on Earth,[11] with other industrial mineral deposits of economic value  include diamonds, manganese, bauxite with a high content of aluminium and silica, iron, clay and limestone with traces of copper, platinum, lithium,tin arsenic and mica”

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2014 – The Mediterranean

I saw the Mediterranean Sea for the first time on my trip to Marseille in the south of France. I found the sea very different from the greyish/greenish one I am used to seeing in my native Ghana. This sea is a solid, deep blue.

In this painting I depict buildings on the island of Santorini in Greece. The closest I have ever been to Greece is the Parc Asterix reconstruction of the place. It was there that I first noticed how the Greeks combined pure white with a touch of their Mediterranean blue to their architecture. Hopefully one day I will finally visit Greece.

This painting is done with painting knives to give it a smooth surface.

2014 - The Mediterranean

2014 – The Mediterranean

Below is a picture I took of the sea at Marseille.

The Mediterranean sea at Marseille

The Mediterranean sea at Marseille

Below is an image of classic Greek buildings at Parc Asterix.

Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix