On view from November 17– December 9, 2023, “The Sound of Our Souls” is comprised of 15 emerging artists from the African continent, all showing in California for the first time. At a time when the international gaze is excitedly looking upon these young creative talents, the exhibition aims to present their proud and unapologetic voices and stories.
On view from August 11, 2023, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun presents 14 intricately quilled compositions that examine and tackle childhood traumas, emerging victorious. She plays with notions of concealment and empowerment with her use of Ankara fabrics, while clean lines and bright, pastel colors reference the illumination of her nightmares.
On view from 23 June 2023, Youssra Raouchi presents a body of work that is rooted in the post-structuralist Rhizome philosophy put forth by French theorists Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari that refers to a non-linear network of multiplicities.
On view from April 6 to May 28 2023, Gabriel Choto presents large-scale wooden windows in oil on Somerset paper and delves into deeply personal narratives of grappling with grief and depression due to suppressed emotions shaped by trapped, constructed cultural norms where it is not socially acceptable for men to express their feelings.
On view from 17 November 2022 – 15 January 2023, Sakyiamah’s paintings are praised for their vivid depictions of the people and culture of Ghana. They are instantly recognizable for their vibrant colour palettes and predominance of curved linear patterns.
On view from 15 September 2022 – 30 October 2022, Segun displays visually exciting constellations, which trigger an emotional response in the viewer. They delight the eye and are imbued with hope, innocence, and collectivism with themes inspired by the pandemic, personal loss and hidden interpretations and narratives.
On view from 15 July 2022 – 04 September 2022, Cece Philips, a self-taught visual artist based in London, presents a selection of new canvas works inspired by The Blue Hour: the ambiguous time of day between dusk and dawn. Between the Dog and the Wolf explores the dichotomy between the known and unknown, real and unreal and the process of joining two polarizing notions which can momentarily disorient our senses.
On view from June 2022 – July 2022, Derrick Ofosu Boateng is a Ghanaian fine art photographer and practitioner, inspired by the rich and authentic traditional cultures of Africa and the continent’s contemporary practices. Through the use of visual iconography and poetry, he brings the teachings and proverbs of Ghana’s Akan tribe to life, revealing the positivity, strength and joys within his community.
On view from 01 April 2022 – 22 May 2022, Araba Opoku is a Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist whose lucid abstract paintings explore her distorted concepts of memory as well as reference socio-economic issues of her home country.
On view from February 10, 2022 – 20 March 2022, Samuel Olayombo is a Nigerian figurative painter who creates vibrant, dramatic, large-scale canvases,
of predominantly male portraits, that challenge gender normalcy
and toxic masculinity.