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Atta Kwami

It is a great challenge to restrict yourself to using horizontal and vertical lines, but those limitations can be expanded on; I work with very broad and varied means of making. If I am working with cultural signs and things from Ghana, then I embrace that as well. I tend to favour simplicity in the complex forms of the matrix. If you can’t say it with very little, then for me there comes a point where you can’t redeem an image. This is what I mean by the tensions and the way that you handle the material or paint that enables the object to emerge. You want something that is ethereal, that can fly off the paper or the page; something that looks effortless, like chance, but isn’t.

Education
Studied BA (Art) at College of Art, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana (1976-1980) and M.Phil, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana (1990-1992); Royal College of Art, London, Post Experience Programme in Printmaking; Ph.D (Art History) at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK (2007).

See more of Atta’s work on his website here