FEATURED: MEET DIGITAL ARTIST IAN QUHACHI

Young artists in Ghana are on their prowl! The rise of the influence of internet and technology has brought about a concentration of art works by creatives using digital technology as an essential part of their creative or presentation process. When it comes to digital art genres such as  matte painting, digital painting, computer graphics and photo manipulation, one creative worth noting from Ghana is Ian Quhachi!

(selfie by Ian Quhachi)
                            (selfie by Ian Quhachi)

Aside painting, poetry, fashion designing and graffiti, Ian Quhachi (born Ian Kwaku Adomako-Kwakye) keeps a contemporary gallery of a professional blend of colours profuse with intriguing art and some shots from compelling angles from trained lenses that fellow artists and non-artists can appreciate.

“My artwork speaks mostly of colours and lights.
In my digital arts, I choose random colours and create bright lights, mostly at wrong places to give them an exposed, yet interesting look.
Most of my works are related to lights, but I am not obsessed in anyway; I just like the idea of ‘fakelights’ and piercing colours.
The concepts I use are mostly drawn from urban arts and the idea of light-and-shadows and line-and-curves. I prefer drawing from the scratch and using my own stuff that I create to manifest a certain level of quality and style-consistency.

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Although I insist on style-consistency, the particular work in question determines my methodology and outcome.
I hate doing posters and other stuffs that restrict or order me. I mostly communicate with the lines and the artwork, so it is annoying if there is a third party.
When I work on photos, I still introduce my lights irrespective of the photographer’s impression.”

But..um..I personally wouldn’t side with Ian when he goes on to say “I love to draw graffiti… (eventhough there isn’t enough walls in Ghana for such community arts)”. I think there a millions of walls in Ghana that could be used for graffiti art and one doesn’t even need to look hard enough, unless you focus on meeting the standards of locating a purely urban space; where it is difficult to find some free wall or one could be penalized for defacing public or private property.

There are lots of walls in the rural and not too rural areas, slum areas inside Accra and at the very outskirts of the capital. Also, one does not have to restrict oneself with the definition of walls. With reference to what Chale Wote 2014 organizers did, by introducing wooden platforms as well as baobab fences as graffiti surfaces. One can build their own walls sometimes even when society says No! Art must survive amidst the blockades and societal polishings.

Back to business, Ian is currently working with Coolstuff Grafix of the Coolstuff Extreme Network Co.Ltd. He is as well pursuing a masters degree in entrepreneurship at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Check out his behance (https://www.behance.net/ianx) and tumblr (https://www.tumblr.com/search/Ian+Quhachi). He may be using his pseudonyms Eric Law or Partikles, but the firebrand personality breeds art works which always speak for themselves.

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Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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