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19.12.2007 General News

Painting, Art Exhibition Opens in Accra

By Daily Guide

The last session of a painting and art exhibition for the year 2007 facilitated by Novotel Hotel has opened in Accra.

Jonathan is described as a lover of art and a connoisseur of African art, with the natural environment having a profound effect on him.

The exhibition, dubbed “Pages of the Mind” features artistic works of 21-year-old Jonathan Kwagyir Aggrey, a student of the University College of Education, Winneba and Nana Yaw Nyan Acquah, a renowned Ghanaian artist.
This inspires him to be mainly an “en piein air” artist, with water colour as the only medium which challenges him to continue his endless journey of exploring lands and finding inspiration in people and places.
In order to understand the nature of the medium he uses Jonathan explores the techniques and applications of other experienced artists and learns how they express themselves in paintings.

Every one of Jonathan's painting is an expression of how he feels and thinks.

If a particular composition does not result in a painting that pleases him he abandons it because he believes he has to satisfy himself before he can impress others.

Some of Jonathan's paintings are fuzzy while others are in loose wash.

Mr. Enoch Yaw Mensah of Freehand Studios, under whom he had been studying for some time now is his mentor.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Rikki Wemega Kwamu said one of the biggest problems artists in Ghana faced was the lack of support from government.

He said Ghana was blessed with wonderful painters but no one supports them in their works, thus making them feel their works are not of importance.

“If they are not supported it could get to a time that individuals would have to depend on foreigners for their paintings to decorate their rooms.

He said art, which is valued and appreciated all over the world has different meanings to individuals.

He urged all Ghanaians to take art seriously and follow their tastes.

Among dignitaries who graced the occasion was the managing director of Novotel Hotel, Mr. Jean Drouhet. By Linda Tenyah

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