Atta Kwami, ‘Liverpool Counterpoint 7’, 2015, Amref Health Africa: Benefit Auction 2017

Framed: 20 3/4 x 14 in

Liverpool Counterpoint 7 was done specifically for an exhibition at the Liverpool World Museum in 2014. Atta Kwami was influenced by studies he made of brass gold weights from Ghana, silver jewellery from the Sahara, beadwork from East Africa, Nigerian ankle ornaments and carved wooden utensils from Central Africa. From these studies he made a series of linoleum cuts in order to produce densely, multi-colored prints that would have a similar resonance to his paintings. He cut various shapes and inked them individually and put them together rather like a patchwork or a jig-saw to make a multi-colored baseprint; then he printed another block over it. This second block was intricately cut in such a way as to reveal areas of under-printings in some areas and over-printing in others. This way he quickly multiplied the number of possible color combinations. Kwami’s work has an affinity with the rich traditions of West African design, more specifically, textiles and architecture. More information

Artist Biography
Atta Kwami was born in 1956 in Accra. He trained and taught in Kumasi, Ghana and the UK. Atta Kwami is included in many institutional collections including the National Museums of Ghana and Kenya; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and The British Museum; the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Brooklyn Museum (NY); the Newark Museum (NJ); The Tang Teaching Museum (NY); the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; The Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI); University of Michigan Museum of Art (MI) and The Hewlett Foundation (CA). Atta Kwami works in both Ghana and the United Kingdom and exhibits widely in Africa, Europe and the USA. He was a Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Fellow and a Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Cambridge (2012/2013). He is the author of Kumasi Realism, 1951-2007: An African modernism (2013, Hurst & Company, London / Accra: Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund).
— *Courtesy of Howard Scott Gallery

Signature: Signed on recto

Howard Scott Gallery, New York, 2017; PRINTS IN COUNTERPOINT by Atta Kwami, Liverpool World Museum, November 2014; Susuka (Clarity) Gallery CAAS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 2010; Fufofo (Coming Together) Howard Scott Gallery, New York, 2010; Take Time Beardsmore Gallery, London (+Pamela Clarkson), 2009; Harmonium Howard Scott Gallery, New York, USA Small Small Oriel 6 & 7, Llandudno, Wales, 2008; 2Schoner Wohnen: Eilfried Huth Landesmuseum Joanneum/Kunstlerhaus Graz, Austria, 2006

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