Artsoul Kojo

Gallery 1957 is glad to host Artsoul Kojo in residency.

Nana Danso Awuah-Asante best known as Artsoul Kojo, is a Ghanaian contemporary artist whose art has gained recognition through his endless cast of characters and personalities; these address a broad spectrum of universal and existential philosophies with childlike appeal. His childlike strokes and elementary shapes recall the simple yet complex imaginations of the human psyche, laying bare the limitless possibilities of how one can perceive the world.
Artsoul Kojo is a self-taught artist who began painting and creating art extensively as an outlet for coping with anything. As art imitates life , Nana Danso's symbolism portrays the reaction between the world and him. His work fuses aspects of storytelling, poetry combined with an impressionist and pop-art visual look.

His show with Gallery 1957 will be presented in February.

Cornelius Annor

Gallery 1957 is glad to host Cornelius Annor in residency.

Cornelius Annor (b. 1990)  is a  portrait and figurative painter and an art teacher. He completed his fine art studies at Ghanatta College of Art and Design. From an early age, Annor had a strong fascination for the human face and figure and constantly sketched the faces of his family, friends and even strangers he encountered. With the encouragement of his college art teachers and family, Annor fully realized that his career was evolving around portraiture and figurative paintings. During his college days in Ghanatta, he focused on painting classes.

Annor has a keen sense of observation, and an ability to bring out the beauty of a human figure. He succeeds in his artistic endeavors thanks to his appreciation of human differences, his generosity, and his desire to understand others. He has a special ability to express and bring life in a painting. C.Annor studio is used to nurture the talents in young and upcoming artists.

Kwesi Botchway

January - March 2020

Gallery 1957 is glad to host Kwesi Botchway in residency this year.

Botchway's work depicts compelling figurative portraits across different generations. With a particular focus on the eyes, nose and mouth - where the artist believes emotions are best portrayed - the work helps us better visually experience one another’s feelings, through an exchange of information without using words.

Born in Accra, Botchway studied fine art at Ghanatta College of art and Design.

Gideon Appah resident in Art Dubai

Gallery 1957 is happy to have Gideon Appah on residency in Dubai this year, as part of Art Dubai fair.

Curated by Johannesburg-based Kabelo Malatsie, Residents returns for Art Dubai 2020, its third iteration with a focus on the African continent. Residents showcases solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists have partaken in a UAE-based residency.

Gideon Appah will continue his exploration into family histories and values, It's a continuation of "Love letters" the exhibition that was held at Gallery 1957 last summer. This residency will be a journey through the individual and collective memories defining Appah’s West African childhood and personal narrative.

Amoako Boafo

August - September 2019

Gallery 1957 hosted Amoako Boafo in residency from August 2 - September 27.

The painter, who works across oils, acrylics, and pastels on canvas and paper, was born in Accra and studys at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. His work investigates the relation between the personal and the structural, focussing on Black subjectivity. In 2017 Boafo was the jury prize for the Walter Koschatzky Kunstpreis. His work is included in private and public collections globally, including that of Kehinde Wiley and The Albertina Museum, Vienna.

The residency concluded with an Open Studio on September 27th 2019.

Godfried Donkor II

Feb - August 2019

A returning residency, following his initial time with Gallery 1957 in 2017, Donkor is taking part in a seven month residency to finalise over 20 years of research by the arist into the history of pugilism. The result will be a solo exhibition at Gallery 1957, working title: Battle Royale: Last Man Standing – Part I, running from 24 August – 5 October 2019.

Florine Demosthene

November 2017 – March 2018

Gallery 1957 hosts Florine Demosthene on a five month residency in Ghana. The resulting body of work created during the residency is the subject of a solo exhibition, The Stories I tell Myself (6 March – 6 May). Opening on Ghana’s Independence Day – the exhibition marks the artist’s first in Ghana, and celebrates Gallery 1957’s second anniversary.

Godfried Donkor

May – August 2017

Gallery 1957 hosts Godfried Donkor on a four month residency in Ghana to reimagine an illustration by the 19th century English explorer Thomas Bowdich. The resulting body of work created during the residency is the subject of a major solo exhibition, The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817 curated by Koyo Kouoh (22 August – 30 October).

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