It was a moment of endless photography, constant staring and bubbly discussion on a windy evening in an Accra city hotel, the La Villa Boutique Hotel located in the densely populated Osu suburb.
The event was the Kaleidoscope, an art exhibition, put together by a private company, the Ghana Contemporary Ltd.
On display were works of eight brilliant artists including the legendary Larry Otoo, the talented Kwame Osa and Jeremiah Quarshie.
Art enthusiasts strutted repeatedly from one end to another of the narrow open-air elevated space overlooking the forested pool of the hotel not having enough of the creative works hanging on the walls.
Managing Director of Ghana Contemporary Ltd., Leeni Ojaniemi, told Myjoyonline.com the patronage had exceeded her expectations.
Seeing people’s faces glimmer and others’ jaws drop, for her was testament to the awesome beauty of the works on display.
Entranced with his eyes intently fixated on Jeremiah Quarshie’s Village Tech painting, politician, Nii-Allotey Brew Hammond, said “this is creative; this is fascinating.”
The painting depicts a girl and her mother in a rural setting, sitting on stools. The mother has a laptop placed on another stool in front of her. She leans anxiously to look at something her daughter is showing her on a mobile phone. In front of the girl, dressed in a cloth tied around her neck with a headscarf and sitting on a stool, barefooted, is a grinding bowl, locally called Asanka with its grinder sticking out. Placed beside this grinding bowl is bottle of palm oil. Obviously the girl and her mother are preparing a local dish in a traditional setting but having a go at technology, something Mr. Hammond said he was struck by.
The effective blend of the traditional and the contemporary in the painting to communicate the evolving nature of the society for him was extremely fascinating.
The creator of this brilliant piece of art, Mr. Quarshie, is a 28-year-old graduate of the Kwame University of Science and Technology (KNUST).