"Sadly, my collection of art materials like tree bark, sawdust, wood shavings and dry leaves was burned by my family, as they thought I was bringing home rubbish."
"I've had a number of trades and quite a few adventures. I was once a scout leader. But my field of work spans painting, cooking, farming, music and more. I've traveled to places like Nigeria, Libya, Malta, Italy and Amsterdam, and had four years on-the-job training as a cook with Lagos Hilton Hotel Nigeria.
"In 1991, I returned to Ghana from Libya, where I worked as a chef for eight years with the Corinthia Group of companies in the Libyan oil fields in the desert. Once home, I devoted my leisure hours to painting, gardening and raising livestock.
Later on, I started gathering materials for my next move into collage work. Sadly, my collection of art materials like tree bark, sawdust, wood shavings and dry leaves was burned by my family, as they thought I was bringing home rubbish. However my younger brother Freddie carefully studied and explained to the family what I was doing with my questionable collections.
"Today, I happily take on the occasional catering job, but I still work as an artist."
By Jerry A. Akita, this lovely landscape evokes autumn. Cattle move slowly across dry fields shaded by rustling leaves, and birds wheel and soar overhead. The Ghanaian artist works with found objects – dry leaves, wood shavings and sawdust.
Fishermen mend nets and vendors hawk their wares as families enjoy a sunny afternoon at the beach. Jerry A. Akita creates a vibrant scene from the Ghanaian seashore. Working with found objects, he depicts houses and palm trees, birds and boats in a joyous....read more
Jerry A. Akita depicts Ajor village on the outskirts of Accra in this elegant mixed media work. People go about their daily chores while cattle graze beneath shade trees. The hamlet's name is a Ga word meaning "peace," beautifully expressed through found....read more
Traditional homes cluster beneath tall trees in a peaceful West African landscape. Cattle graze nearby beneath a radiant sun in Abokobi, on the outskirts of Accra. "I happened to visit the village while on a holiday," Jerry A. Akita says. "It has a rural....read more
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