Artists get set for graffiti contest
Three Accra-based artists have over the last couple of weeks been reflecting over composition, colour, shape and other aesthetic considerations as they get set for a graffiti contest to commemorate the introduction of the Futura brand of the Hennessy drink to Ghana.
Graffiti is a rapidly developing art form that mainly utilises spray paint and marker pens to scribble simple words or render intricate drawings on large surfaces, mostly in outdoor places.
It was initially regarded as a favourite medium of vandals to desecrate public property by it has in recent years acquired respect in high art circles and major companies like IBM and Sony have resorted to graffiti in advertising.
The Hennessy Futura bottle was designed by an American graffiti artist called Futura and that is why the coming of the product to Ghana is being heralded with a graffiti competition.
The artists poised to showcase what they can bring out with inspiration from the graffiti on the Futura bottle at the Cahaya Lounge, East Legon next month are David Bethmann, Prince Kojo-Hilton and Ram Ankh.
Bethmann is German-born but lives in Accra and is a member of the Nima Muhinmanchi Art Collective (NMA). He is a many-sided artist whose works have been exhibited in places such as Germany, South Africa, and Bulgaria Senegal.
Over the last seven years, he had designed murals in public spaces around Wiesbaden, Berlin, Hannover, Mainz and other places in Germany and worked with several festival organisers around the world.
He is one of the artists being featured at this year’s Chale Wote Street Festival in James Town, Accra on September 7 and 8.
Prince Kojo- Hilton is from Ghana and attended the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) where he majored in art direction and production design.
He has since worked with the Technical Department of the National Theatre of Ghana and some of the major film production companies in this country as special effects creator, graphic artist, story board illustrator and a host of other art-related functions.
American artist Ram Ankh has been living in Ghana since 2008. He is a strong advocate for graffiti art because he believes it liberates artists to ‘overstand’ themselves and society better.
As the three artists think out what they would create to welcome Hennessy Futura to Ghana as the first country in West Africa to have the product on her market, it is hoped the contest would help whip up more interest in graffiti art in this country.
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