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Contemporary African art at its best
Owusu-Ankomah, October Gallery, African Art, exhibtion, London, Holborn
Owusu-Ankomah, Microcron Begins No. 16, Photo copyright, Joachim Fliegner. Courtesy October Gallery.
October Gallery is kicking off the AW14 season with exhibition of Ghanaian artist Owusu-Ankomah that takes visitors into another world.

African art is present in London but you don't get too many chances to see works of renowned artists. October Gallery is giving you that chance with the exhibition "Microcron Begins". After the most recent exhibition of Ghanaian painter Ablade Glover, October Gallery is presenting works of his compatriot Owusu-Ankomah (for the second time in this venue). Owusu-Ankomah was born in Sekondi, Ghana, studied Fine Arts at Ghanatta College in Accra before moving to Bremen in Germany where he now lives and works. This exhibition is composed of several of his newest paintings, mostly black and white but there are some of colours which show different aspects of his work.

Paintings depict an alternate world wherein monumental human figures are shown moving within an ocean of signs that surround, support and, in fact, define them. When you first look at most of the paintings you can see only the symbols and signs. But once you spend a longer while in front of them you'll see that there are human bodies among all of the symbols. It made me think about the world we live in, all the symbols and signs of different religions that surround us and the fact that we're hidden somewhere among them. We are dipped in the symbols of our cultures, philosophies and traditions and very often we are defined by them, not by our characters, experience and personal stories.

Owusu-Ankomah, October Gallery, African Art, exhibition, London, Holborn
Owusu-Ankomah, Microcron Begins No. 9; Photo copyright, Joachim Fliegner. Courtesy October Gallery.

As much as Ablade Glover and Owusu-Ankomah's paintings are very different, the experience of human shapes emerging from busy background is similar to the works of both of them. That gives a sense of mystery in observing works of those two artists.

The exhibition is a chance to experience African art and get a fresh look of it, especially before the upcoming 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair taking place in Somerset House in October.
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Why? Because it is a rare chance to see great African art
When: Tuesday – Saturday 12.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Phone: 020 7242 7367
Where: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street
Cost: Free
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