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.
Sweet apple, dragon fruit, coconut, and a mangosteen for a tropical daddy!
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, 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”
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
Below is a picture I took of the sea at Marseille.
The Mediterranean sea at Marseille
Below is an image of classic Greek buildings at Parc Asterix.