Jeremiah Quarshie, ‘Franklina,’ Yellow is the colour of Water Series, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 152cm x 121cm, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra
Quarshie’s practice takes its narrative from contemporary life in Ghana, with particular emphasis on the passage of water throughout Accra—as embodied through the yellow “Kufuor” gallons used for storing and carrying it. Appropriating from Old Masters’ traditions and aspects of studio photography, his work questions the construction of imagery and the boundaries of portraiture. Works from his recent Yellow is the Colour of Water series exhibited at Gallery 1957 have recently been acquired by The Harn Museum of Art, Florida, the Zeitz Collection, Cape Town and the Seth Dei Collection, Accra, among other private and institutional collections. Quarshie is currently in residence at African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) in Lagos, Nigeria.
Since opening in 2016, the gallery has held solo exhibitions by Serge Attukwei Clottey, Zohra Opoku, Jeremiah Quarshie and crazinisT artisT, with each show expanding outside of the gallery through a public programme. Gallery 1957 has supported cultural initiatives unique to Ghana including Asa Baako Music Festival and Chale Wote Festival, as well as hosting a series of talks, off-site projects and performances. The gallery was selected as ‘one of the world’s top galleries of 2016’ by Modern Painters and included byArtsy as one of 15 Galleries ‘Putting New Cities on the Art World’s Map.’ Gallery 1957’s forthcoming programme includes exhibitions with Gerald Chukwuma, Yaw Owusu and Godfried Donkor.
Left: Serge Attukwei Clottey, Mask of our Time II, 2017, Bronze, 18 1/8h x 5 5/8w x 5 7/8d in, courtesy Gallery 1957, Accra
Right: Jeremiah Quarshie, ‘Gertrude,’ Yellow is the Colour of Water series, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 152cm x 121cm, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra
About Serge Attukwei Clottey
Born in Accra in 1985, Clottey’s recent exhibitions and performances include: Material Connections, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2017); Practical Common Sense, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Jamestown, Accra, (2016); Hand to Mouth, Evergreen Project, San Francisco (2016); My Mother’s Wardrobe, Gallery 1957, Accra (2016); The Kampnagel, Hamburg (2015); Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing (2015); The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2015); 27th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille (2014); WUK, Wien (2014); Mohr-Villa, Munich (2014); Ozwald Boateng, London (2014); 11th Dak’art, Dakar (2014); Nubuke Foundation, Accra (2014); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012); The Drum Ace Café, Birmingham (2010) and at AfriCAM, Napoli (2009). Clottey has also held artist residencies at ANO Centre for Cultural Research Accra (2015–2016) and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2013).
About Jeremiah Quarshie
Born in 1985 in Accra, Quarshie studied fine art at Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi. Quarshie lives and works in Accra and held his first solo exhibitionYellow is the Colour of Water at Gallery 1957 (2016). He is in residence at African Artists’ Foundation Lagos, Nigeria, from March – May 2017. Quarshie’s paintings have been included in exhibitions internationally including: The Gown Must Go To Town…, National Museum of Science and Technology, Accra (2015); Silence Between the Lines, Prime Motors Ltd., Kumasi (2015); The Munich-project, Global Art — Local View, Villa Mohr, Munich (2014); Muses, Goethe Institut, Accra (2013); The ‘Sabi Yu Rutu’ project, Suriname (2013); Kaleidoscope, La Villa Boutique, Accra (2013); Time, Trade and Travel, Nubuke Foundation, Accra and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam (2012); andThe Ghana-project, Global Art — Local View, Goethe Institut, Accra (2012). His works are in the collection of Seth Dei, a collector who has the largest private collection of contemporary Ghanaian painting in Ghana.
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