Project Description

The Africa Centre & AFRIKart Gallerie Proudly Present


Artist extraordinaire, versatile and inspired artist, inspirational teacher and writer, a national icon


Supported by three delightful artists – Anne Blankson Hemans, Bruce Chidovori & Stephen Gwoktcho

Open 11.00 – 18.00 Daily (except Sunday), Free Entry

The AFRICA CENTRE 6 Great Suffolk Street London SE1 0BL

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Key Highlights

EXHIBITION:  Monday 26 October to Saturday 07 November 2015.  Open 11am to 6pm daily (except Monday 26th when it will open at 2 pm. Closed on Sunday) Free Entry

AFRICA ART NOW – A hosted evening with Delaquis, where he will share his thoughts and explore a number of issues about Contemporary “African” Art Thursday 29th 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Free Entry (Voluntary contributions will be asked for). Please reserve your place at….

DELAQUIS LIVE – See Delaquis at work. Live painting with the artist. Saturday 31st 3:00 to 5:00pm. Free Entry (Voluntary contributions will be asked for) Please reserve your place at….

Born in Cape Coast in Ghana, Ato Delaquis is a consummate and well-known artist whose artistry spans over five decades. A national icon he is a prolific artist, inspirational teacher and educator and writer. Delaquis was the last Dean of the College of Art of KNUST, (Kumasi, Ghana) before it was merged with the Department of Social Sciences in 2005

As a recent retrospective of his drawings from 1957 to 1985 in the Ghana National museum shows, he works confidently across different media ranging from acrylic painting, graphite, linocut and lithography to screen-printing. His precocious talent as an artist was recognised by his engagement as a cartoonist for Drum magazine, the pan African magazine, whilst still a teenager. Delaquis work is rooted in his African context, vividly capturing the complex Ghanaian and African landscape layered with histories of trading, slavery and colonization. The works exude great artistic sensitivity and skill and succeeds in illustrating the beauty in the complexities that makes up the proud cultures of the continent. George Hughes describes Delaquis works as creating detailed, colormodulated panoramic scenes (Overview of Contemporary Visual Art from Ghana by George Hughes). Delaquis has exhibited widely world-wide and has been involved in over 80 exhibitions worldwide.

The exhibition features new works by Delaquis, Anne Blankson-Hemans | recently seen on BBC’s Big Painting Challenge, Bruce Chidovori; Professional Artist (London) and » Stephen Gwoktcho | Professional artist and lecturer, (Kampala Uganda) www.;     Tel 020 2836 1973             Tel 07448 2091891

For 50 years now, the Africa Centre has played a unique role in supporting African culture, enterprise and education in the UK. We are dedicated to offering everyone with an interest in African current affairs and contemporary culture and business the opportunity to socialise, network and meet like-minded people via a dynamic programme of events scheduled throughout the year.

Our vision is to be the London hub for African culture, enterprise and development that is strong, vibrant and contemporary.

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