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11 in x 22 in | unframed | Oil on Canvas

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Ashanti Masks #1

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This depiction of ceremonial African masks is a cultural expression of the Ashanti people. The artist's depiction of these hand-crafted wooden masks makes repetitive use of rectangular and circular shapes for a uniquely off-balanced composition. The masks of Mother Africa, who brings sustenance to all, and the moon, which gives the light of god to all, are both displayed. The animated eyes behind the masks stare widely at the viewer, which represents the Ashanti belief that during religious ceremonies, the masks come alive. Made up mostly of golden and light wooden hues, the masks are set on a multicolored background of red, blue, and yellow. Symbols incorporated into the design express the acceptance of god, the goddess of unity, and the symbol of authority.

Artist: Samuel Darko

Samuel has been painting professionally for 15 years, though he is only 32 years old. Samuel resides in Accra, Ghana, and like many in his community, he and his entire family support themselves through painting. Samuel hails from the Ashanti culture, a proud, strong people historically known as brave warriors; Samuel’s multidimensional creations depict his rich cultural heritage. He prefers using rich, vibrant colors derived from the palette of nature. Samuel’s creations often include lush greens, earthy browns and the many colors of the setting sun. He also ingeniously creates an illusion of depth by layering the subjects in his paintings, while using black and white to accentuate features. Samuel’s subject matter often evolves around Ashanti costumes, which includes the tribal masks worn by the Ashanti tribe during ceremonies and rituals.

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