Lot 5 - Joshua Donkor - I Have More Souls Than One, Atta
Image Transfer and Graphite on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
I describe my practice as visual narration. I always aim to tell a story and offer audiences different and deeply personal perspectives in an open and relatable format regardless of their backgrounds. Through the work I hope to convey different emotions and sensations and create an open platform for personal exploration and discussion.
By telling peoples individual stories I hope to emphasise the complexities that exist within “black identity” while also exposing a wider audience to a range of different experiences, perspectives and cultures.
Growing up in in England has given me a Western perspective /training in art and painting, yet my practice has also been significantly informed by Ghanaian culture alongside black artists and voices. Re-appropriation enables me to combine traditional Western methods of painting with imagery and influences from my subjects’ cultural backgrounds.
This enables me to create fully informed representations of people, their true identities and life stories, free from bias, standardisation and stereotypes.
Studied in Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design and accademia di belle arti di venezia
The Signature Art Prize 2022
The Next Big Thing Judges prize 2021
Artist Benevolent Fund Fellow 2021
"Skin and Masks" curated by Vic Mensa in the Kavi Gupta, Chicago 2022
"The stories we tell" curated by Aubrey Higgin, chiliartprojects 2022
"Souls and Spirits" curated by Paul Conliffe with the Voltz and Clarke Gallery, New York 2022
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
These pieces are portraits of my cousins Louise and Ataa. They are drawings of both in the present yet they are surrounded by images from the past. These images blend archival family images dating back decades with glimpses of the present taken from my most recent journey back to Ghana with my family.
This acts as a representation of all the generations, time periods and memories that have informed our past, and which will continue to influence our future.
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