Yellow Is The Colour Of Water

Yellow is the Colour of Water, a solo exhibition of new works and a multi-site installation from the artist Jeremiah Quarshie, curated by Robin Riskin.
Quarshie’s practice takes its narrative from contemporary life in Ghana, with particular emphasis on the passage of water throughout Accra—as embodied through the yellow “Kufuor” gallons used for storing and carrying it. Born in 1985 in Accra, Quarshie studied fine art at Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.
The exhibition is based out of Gallery 1957 at the Kempinski Hotel, and maps out to a body of site-specific interventions. The gallery segment of the show features new paintings from Quarshie’s Yellow is the Colour of Water series—portraits of beauty queens, businesswomen, and labourers, who sit atop arrangements of these ubiquitous yellow containers amid plain black backdrops.
Quarshie’s intricately detailed portraits are characterised by a unique realism combined with his own distinct visual language.

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Yellow Is The Colour Of Water Series, 2015 acrylic on canvas, 122cm by 152cm courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957.

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Yellow Is The Colour Of Water

Yellow Is The Colour Of Water Series, 2015 acrylic on canvas, 122 cm by 152 cm, courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra.

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Jeremiah Quarshie, YellowIsTheWaterOfColourSeries, 2016 Acrylic on canvas, 122cm by 152cm courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957, Accra, photo Nii Odzenma

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