Isaac Awulley Addico
My love for art started at tender age, to use that lovely Ghanaian phrase. By the age of 10 I was studying and copying posters outside video centers, pictures in magazines and any other images I could get my hands on. My parents recognized my talents and my love for painting and encouraged me on to study at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design.
After Ghanatta, I continued in my dedication to painting, considering myself not as a master but a student who was always learning..
My works have been shown in many exhibitions in Accra and my skills are also much in demand for official portraiture. I have completed many commissions, including a portrait of the Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II. I have also applied my artistic mind to graphic design, both in print and other media such as furniture.
I am perhaps best known for my realistic paintings through which I capture aspects of Ghanaian culture and society, people, the landscapes in which they live, and the objects with which they interact. This side of my work is situated within the Ghanaian realism genre, with its respect for apprenticeship and for the skills of representation. Isaac’s work is influenced by the recognition of the continuing importance of culture and tradition in peoples’ lives – despite, or perhaps because, of the rapid changes that Ghana is now embarking on.