It was obvious from the expressions on their faces that the guests at the Nubuke Foundation in Accra last Saturday, September 12 for the opening of the exhibition of paintings, drawings and digital prints by Kweku Adu-Gyamfi Opoku, truly appreciated what they were seeing.
The artist had presented work which visually reflected his broad background in graphic design, advertising, music and photography but his grasp of history, sociology, philosophy and other subjects definitely seeped through everything on show.
Some stuff could be easily discerned but others were open for several interpretations and they generated interesting discussion at the show which was opened by Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah, Ghana’s Ambassador to Namibia.
He commended the artist, whom he had known since 1977, for being himself and putting out what he genuinely felt strongly about.
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“You cannot say the works 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,” Alhaji Harruna Attah, himself an artist, stated.
One of the directors of the exhibition venue, Kofi Setordji, was also highly elated at what was on show and praised Opoku for the variety of approaches in his presentation
“We are here for an exhibition of a different kind. We have brought him here to celebrate him because it is not easy even for a professional artist working everyday to have such a body to work to show and he needs to be commended,” said Setordji about the artist who retired from advertising in 2012 and is currently a Design and Brand consultant.
His Excellency Charles Joseph, the Namibian Ambassador in Ghana, was the special guest at the exhibition opening which featured brilliant jazz music from a quartet. The exhibition is open till October 3.