ARTSPLIT, a leading African art technology platform has concluded its contemporary split and lease auction of works by some of Ghana’s finest artists; Ablade Glover, Kofi Agorsor and Isshaq Ismail with a silent party, Artists Talks and VIP Dinner attended by top business leaders, art enthusiasts and lifestyle influencers held last Friday at the Mix Design Hub and Restaurant in Accra.
Ablade Glover is one of Ghana’s most influential artists known for his ability to capture the joyous everyday life of Ghana, its people, its culture, and environment. He depicts animated landscapes that mirror the exuberant diversity of Africa: its bustling market stalls, brightly attired crowds and women, and the dynamic energy that is Ghana, using warm impastoed pigments to express the dynamism, energy, and heat of his country. His work reflects his deep love of life, activity, and colour. Mostly, his canvases are a love affair with Africa, generously splattered on canvas, evoking the continent’s struggle, tension, beauty, and verve.
Kofi Agorsor’s buoyant, semi-abstract and witty depictions of his subjects have received widespread international acclaim. The vibrant, bold colours used in his paintings depict the daily lives of modern Ghanaians, of spontaneity and order. His paintings are frequently embellished with splashes, drips, and flows of paint that intertwine to form magnificent forests or labyrinths, reflecting the interplay of music, dance movements, and geometry. He frequently employs pulsing colours to create an interpretation of the essence of contemporary Ghanaians; lived experiences set against the backdrop of entertainment.
Isshaq Ismail, another top Ghanaian artist uses black, brown, green, red, ochre, purple, and blue to investigate and explore grotesque figures and textures. Ismail describes his process in sculptural terms, describing how he manipulates paint with thick, gestural brushstrokes in the same way a sculptor shapes clay. Through these striking and evocative works, he hopes to subvert and interrogate conventional notions of beauty. Representing the masses and advocating for the voiceless; his paintings explore themes of desire, resilience, power, and hope.
The ARTSPLIT auction was held from 2 to 17 December featuring Confrontation by Ablade Glover, The Orange Dance by Kofi Agorsor and Abrantie by Isshaq Ismail. Over hundreds of Ghanaian art lovers and collectors graced the opening of the public viewing, Silent Party and Artists Talks during the weeklong affair.
The winning bidders now have physical access to the works for the next 24 months, and the lease value of the works were $890 for Confrontation (2022), $1000 for The Orange Dance (2019) and $510 for Abrantie (2021).
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