The focus of Pamela Clarkson’s work has shifted from expressive abstraction of a particular place, usually landscape, to a more formal use of images of objects, found seen, glimpsed and remembered in and around life in Kumasi
Atta Kwami’s abstract paintings relate to and comment upon the vibrant realistic traditions of commercial sign-painting in Kumasi. In 2008 he had work in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York ‘Design Without End: The Esssential Art of African Textiles’ and his paintings and installations imply his grounding in textiles as a source or marker of identity.
Reviewing his exhibition at the Howard Scott Gallery in New York, Roberta Smith in The New York Times wrote ‘Although there is no sense of vortex in these paintings, the eye moves around them, from the horizontal to the vertical and back in a kind of ungainly spiral until every element is accounted for. It is like a depiction, through form, of a society in which everyone exerts an equal pressure, either by grouping together or standing alone, and it is distinctive’.
Atta has just been awarded the Philip L Ravenhill Fellowship at the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian in Washington in 2010.