Jeremiah Quarshie

Jeremiah Quarshie


Ever since graduating from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 2007, Jeremiah Quarshie has taken a bold and new position in the Ghanaian contemporary art scene, making hyper-realistic paintings. He cleverly stages his scenes to represent the ever changing Ghana. He initially photographs the scenes in high resolution, capturing the set in specific lighting, typically at night, adding the necessary detail relevant to portraying today's Ghana in his image. He then uses the images as reference for making his close to picture-perfect clarity acrylic paintings. Observing everyday situations of life, he cleverly matches traditional moments with the impulses and additions of modern day life to create a perspective from a new angle. This creates the perfect juxtaposition that leaves his canvases open for dialogue. Traditional Ghanaian family life, modernity and connectivity through technology and style, and how Ghana is ever-evolving and adapting to these themes are dialogues frequently associated with Quarshie's works.

In other aspects of Jeremiah's works, he uses text in a visually illusive way to make paintings that show a vivid image when seen from a distance. The text he uses relates to issues of identity, personal histories and genealogy.



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