The contents of Lover Boyz and Jungled Life were inspired mostly by visual cultural elements that circulate low income, urban areas in Accra, Ghana. From posters of barber shops and hair salons, photos of lottery kiosks and labels on corrugated cartons to pieces of fabric, poster signs and advertisements. Appah is interested in the naive and radical nature of such ideas coming from mostly illiterate societies.
On most un-tarred roads in Accra, there are pieces of plastic bags, papers and fabric, which eventually gets buried under the ground. Creating these sort of ‘scrawl paintings’, Appah had the idea of burying these contents into his paintings. Covering them up with layers and layers of undertones of color. He is looking for that kind of corrosion that is created when he works through paint with his collected objects underneath; that kind of sharpness and chaos between materials and subjects.
Lover Boyz (2017) 39.4″ x 47.25″ | Acrylic, asiduro, wax, paper, fabric on canvas | $3,800 | Available from April 20th