It was mid-morning last Saturday, September 12, at the Nubuke Foundation in Accra and it seemed everyone around was under some sort of command to relax and smile and simply enjoy the jolly ambiance.
An exhibition of paintings, drawings and digital prints by the multi-talented Kweku Adu-Gyamfi Opoku titled ‘U Can’t Hide’ had just opened and a lively atmosphere prevailed as the artist’s friends, family and general art lovers chatted, sipped on wine and lemonade, nibbled at finger foods while taking in Opoku’s varied works.
“The works are him. You cannot say they remind you of someone or they belong to a certain style or for a certain class of people and that is what art should be about, just like life. You should be yourself. You shouldn’t go out there to copy just to make money,” were Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah, Ghana’s Ambassador to Namibia’s words as he formally opened the exhibition.
The artist himself explained that the exhibition had been titled ‘U Can’t Hide’ because he had been piling up works for several years and felt it was time to bring them out for people to see.
“It gets to a point where you need to share what you have and what is going on in your head. You really cannot hide knowledge, in whatever form it takes. So this exhibition is my little contribution to what the world has to offer us all,” Opoku pointed out.
Guests at the exhibition, which included Reggie Rockstone of VVIP and singer Becca as well as several others from the music and art fraternity, were highly appreciative of the variety of subject matter and execution techniques employed by the artist.
A four-member jazz band was in attendance and the artist played harmonica with them at a point.
His Excellency, Charles Joseph, the Namibian Ambassador in Ghana, was the special guest at the exhibition opening. The works are on show till October 3.