Over the past decade, African art has been more visible and quickly gaining ground in the global art scene, mostly through cultural exchange and art exhibitions. To this development, Gallery of African Art has been committed to showcasing the best of contemporary art from established and emerging artists in the African region and its diaspora.
They have showcased artists like Chief Nike Davies Okundaye, Abiodun Olaku, Adetola Wewe, and Philip Kotokua. More recently in April/May 2016, were Ndidi Emefiele and Daniela Ribeiro.
This summer, the Gallery of African Art has again opened its doors, to present ‘Threads of Art’ by the Ghanaian-born, UK based artist, “Emmanuel ‘Yaw’ Obuobi”.
Emmanuel Yaw Obuobi is said to have developed his creative process and selected his unique medium of choice as yarn.
The Gallery of African Art has this to say about Emmanuel’s style. “Inspired by ‘Kente’ (which originates from the Ashanti people of Ghana), a cloth made from silk and cotten fabric that is interwoven to create various patterns. Emmanuel Yaw Obuobi has used “strands of wool” to develop his own technique, “yarn painting” – an engagingly innovative art form. This exhibition highlights his exploration of culture, memory, beauty, humanity, and the hybridity of identity – actualised through his own transatlantic voyages.”
Having previously worked with water colour and acrylic, Emmanuel ‘Yaw’ Obuobi has experimented with various media, ranging from the conventional form, shapes, colour and texture. This has formed the journey of his evolution to the ingenuity now being showcased at the Gallery of African Arts in London.
Exhibition Dates: 14th July – 13th August, 2016
Venue: Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)
45, Albemarle Street, London W1S tIL
Nearest Underground Station: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
Visit: http://www.gafraart.comfor more information.