Eric Adjei Tawiah Ghana, b. 1987

Overview

In his new body of work, Adjei Tawiah offers a celebration of camaraderie, friendship, family and major public figures, both living and deceased, during a moment when human kinship is needed more than ever. Tawiah resurrects the spirit of people, things and events that have since past and imbues them with new life—with a loving and immortal presence. Depicted regularly by Tawiah, his friends are also practicing artists who are currently studying fine art at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Tawiah captures them on Accra’s famed Labadi beach strolling hand clasped in hand dressed in fashionable attire once worn by his grandfather.
On the inclusion of floral elements, the artist explains, “These are flowers that I saw when my mother’s body was being put into her grave,” he explains. “They are flowers people threw at her form as it was being lowered into the ground as a sign of respect. I remember all of the flowers I saw on the graves at the cemetery.” A rich use of flowers in these new works thus refer to the joy of living, the beauty of the natural world and commemoration for those no longer with us.

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Biography
Adjei Tawiah is an artist known and revered for his unique approach of using nylon sponge for vibrant figurative representations. His unique technique which he has labelled ‘Sponge Martial’– is a practice inspired by the cleansing of his mother’s corpse in the mortuary. Tawiah channels this idea of cleansing through his work, the bright, vibrant colours a representation of the bright moments that follow the darker times in life. Tawiah hopes by developing his artistic voice - his work will serve as a source of inspiration to humanity through times of affliction.
 
Adjei Tawiah was an alumnus of the prestigious Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Accra, Ghana. He now lives and works in Accra, where he is inspired by his community and surroundings. 

Solo exhibitions include I Miss Us, Opera Gallery, New York, NY, USA (2023) and Threads of Past and Present, Gallery 1957, London, UK (2022). Group exhibitions include +4000 Ans D’art Africain, Ross-Sutton Gallery (2022); 18 (Rising Ghana), PM/AM Gallery, London, UK (2022); Winner Takes All, Marianne Boesky, New York, USA, curated by Amoako Boafo and Larry Ossei-Mensah (2022); Self-Addressed, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by Kehinde Wiley (2021); Eric Adjei Tawiah & Aplerh-Doku Borlabi: Could You Be Loved, Gallery 1957, Gallery III, Accra, Ghana (2021) and Collective Reflections: Contemporary African and Diasporic Expressions of a New Vanguard, Gallery 1957 Gallery I and II, Accra, Ghana (2020). Tawiah has participated in Art X Lagos and Market Hamptons Fairs.
 
He has been mentioned in renowned papers such as Elephant, Artnet,  Something Curated, Flash Art, New York Times and Fad Magazine.
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