Jeremiah Quarshie

This is Who I Am


Nelson Mandela


Michael Essien


Artist Statement

"The immediate environment, is usually an inspiration. Everyday practices (rituals) maybe completely overlooked. These daily practices however make strong visual statements when highlighted and presented in an elaborate and 'glorified' form. Rituals are often associated with commerce, social status, social problems, fashion and technology. Ironical contexts can be seen when one singles out an everyday practice. The contexts are usually found in everyday Ghanaian life. Staged photographs on occasion serve as complete works of art. Some of these photographs are created by superimposing Ghanaian elements on other non Ghanaian contexts creating rather unusual situations in very unique ways.

I have also paid attention to the use of text and symbols to make portraits. These I have done in a visually illusive way to afford the viewer the opportunity to see a recognisable image and at the same time read text associated with the portraits. In other to evoke some level of response by the public, historically important figures from the Black Atlantic history like Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley have been used. Inspired by the fact that they are readily recognisable faces, there are deeper issues that are associated with historical figures and everyday people in relation to their identity and background in historical, cultural and political contexts. The resultant works brings out the historical and contemporary issues that connect people inter-continentally, functioning as a commentary, literally and metaphorically."


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.

Jeremiah Quarshie lives and works in Ghana. He enjoys inspiring and being of help to student artists who are interested in taking seriously pursuing art professionally. He has exhibited in Cape Coast, Accra, Amsterdam, Paramaribo.



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