“Yellow is the Colour of Water” is the solo exhibition of artist Jeremiah Quarshie that opens this week in Accra at Gallery 1957.

Quarshie’s “Yellow is the Colour of Water” series collects portraits of beauty queens, businesswomen, and labourers, who sit atop arrangements of these ubiquitous yellow containers among plain black backgrounds. These “intricately detailed” portraits are characterised by a unique realism combined with his own distinct visual language as desribed by the artist. Appropriating from Old Masters’ traditions and aspects of studio photography, his work somehow therefore questions the “construction of imagery and the boundaries of portraiture.”

The curator of Jeremiah Quarshie’s show, Robin Riskin, says: “This will be the first time Quarshie is presenting work in a range of media formats and across a network of site-specific interventions. While we still encounter the stunning and lightly satirical paintings we may be familiar with from Quarshie, the project opens up possibilities of materiality in his practice. Curatorially, we have worked to bring the dynamics of the implicated sites, collaborators and characters into critical focus, which will play out as the exhibition encounters life in the public.”

Born in 1985 in Accra, Quarshie studied fine art at Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi. Quarshie lives and works in Accra today. His paintings have been included in exhibitions internationally including: The Gown Must Go To Town…, National Museum of Science and Technology, Accra (2015); Silence Between the Lines, Prime Motors Ltd., Kumasi (2015); The Munich-project, Global Art — Local View, Villa Mohr, Munich (2014); Muses, Goethe Institut, Accra (2013); The ‘Sabi Yu Rutu’ project, Suriname (2013); Kaleidoscope, La Villa Boutique, Accra (2013); Time, Trade and Travel, Nubuke Foundation, Accra and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam (2012); and The Ghana-project, Global Art — Local View, Goethe Institut, Accra (2012).

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By Daniel Scheffler