Atta believes in working hard to develop his art; he says "The sky is the limit."
John Atta Mensah was born in 1963. He attended a Roman Catholic elementary school, after which he went to a prestigious art college from 1981 to 1984. During this time, and for some five years after he completed his education. Mensah elaborated a limited number of creative works to support himself, until a friend of his, also an artist, opened a new avenue for him.
Atta was introduced to a famed art gallery. From this point onwards, Atta established sound bases for himself personally and his practice - in other words, he has been painting seriously to date.
Atta believes in working hard to develop his art; he says "The sky is the limit." His paintings are inspired by everyday life, market scenes in particular, and possess a still, restful quality, infusing abundant appeal. His mastery of colors is harmony, making his works part of collections inside and outside of Ghana.
He has participated in exhibitions throughout Ghana.
Crouching, he beats out a melody on the xylophone. Waves of golden light carry the music toward the sky. Evans Nii Adjetey Adjei depicts a man in traditional West African dress whose thoughts are far away. The painting explores personal identity. "Often....read more
Earthen shadows play across women who shop for calabash bowls spread out in enticing array. In eastern Ghana, calabash gourds are used as drums during festivals and funerals; they also fill a myriad of purposes in the kitchen. John Atta Mensah paints....read more
The trumpet has long played a part in the music of West Africa. Working in his hallmark style, Enoch Afram depicts a musician blowing a sweet, low melody, who literally dances to his own tune. Afram presents the original painting in a sese wood frame....read more
Fairly dancing to his own beat, a drummer pounds out a complex rhythm. Enoch Afram works in black and white to depict the musician, and presents the original painting in a sese wood frame with a Manila board passe-partout.
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