Tema based rising visual artist, William Quartey also known as Wil Quartz opened his maiden solo art exhibition this Friday at the British Council in Accra. The art exhibition drew art lovers including other artists.
William’s works explore the varying difference between social and entertainment and fine art. He combines canvas painting with graffiti sprays to create his unique works.
Speaking to insidetema.com, William underscores his motivation for being an artist and how he sees the future of art in Ghana.
‘’I have always love art as a kid. If I am right per my memory, I started drawing since age 5 and have since then strive to become a professional artist. I believe art is a language that transcends ethnic and national barriers. It speaks to the soul. We can use art to echo some of the pressing needs and issues in society such as gender equality, sexual violence, the economy, leadership and the environment among others. Art can also be used to entertain and bring relief to the depressed. The future of art in Ghana is huge and I am happy a young artists like myself are living the art dream’’.
Derrick Kwaku Afriyie, Human Resource Analyst at the British Council who served as the Coordinator for the exhibition expressed British Council’s support for the arts and artists.
‘’There is so much potential in the creative industry in Ghana however we are not finding the right way to professionalize it which means that artists are basically doing art work for free and not profiting from this space.
What British Council, Ghana is doing is helping artists to professionalize their craft to ensure that they are able to attract the necessary investors and people who can patronize their work. We are helping them to understand the business side of what they do as well as build their confidence and knowledge base when it comes to pricing and brand management. We are using a training-incubation-acceleration model where artists are taken through some level of training to add value to themselves and the profession. And providing a free space such as this one, is one of the numerous ways the British Council is providing strategic support to artists in Ghana”.
Artist and Art Ambassador, Prince Kojo Hilton advised young artists to keep learning and look out for opportunities that will propel them to the next level.
William Quartey’s art works would continue to be on display till the end of July.
Source: Bernard Brown/insidetema.com