Appah, Gideon

Gideon Appah, born 1989 in Accra, Ghana.

He lives and works in Accra, Ghana.

Education
2012 B.A. Fine Arts, The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Gideon Appah has been working with mixed media and salvaged objects for the past couple of years. His work is greatly influenced by imagery and marks of temporary structures and informal signage of the socio-cultural/economic landscape of Accra’s urban spaces.

He draws on the West African childhood narrative that most people feel very connected to. Using a myriad of mediums including text, images, found objects and collage, Appah expresses his fascination and concern regarding contemporary media and popular culture. His process is simply beautiful. He interlaces the physical space with imagination as he mixes copies of family photographs into his canvas.

Appah says that his works are very much a result of a continuous strange imagining of a nonexistent world, with a need to find answers, recreate that space, and to give new life within the paintings.

He is one of the young emerging contemporary artists from West African Ghana. With the generous support from both Goethe Accra and the Nubuke Foundation, he has emerged as the winner of the First Merit Award by Barclays L’Atelier 2015.
Solo Exhibitions
2018 1:54 Art Fair, Solo booth, New York, US
2017 In Pokua's place, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
2017 Between a life and its dream (Scrawl paintings), Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (L’Atelier Merit Award winner 2015)
2013 Sensation, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana

Group Exhibitions (selection)
2018 1718, LKB/G, Hamburg, Germany
2017 Orderly/Disorderly, Ghana Science Museum, Accra, Ghana
2016 Arising African Perspectives, LKB/G, Hamburg, Germany
2016 Alternative Facts, The Road Gallery, New York, USA
2016 Origins and Lineages, DF Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 Kindle, Gallery2, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016 Johannesburg Art Fair, Kuenyehia Art Prize, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016 Turbine Art Fair, Gallery2, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015 Da Vinci Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2015 Barclays L’Atelier Finalists Show, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014 Artists in Focus, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
2012 End of year Show, KNUST Museum, Kumasi, Ghana

Awards/Residencies
2017 Young Ghanaian artist, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
2016 Barclays L’Atelier Residency, Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015 Barclays L’Atelier Art Competition, Johannesburg, South Africa - Merit Award winner
2015 Kuenyehia Art Prize, Accra, Ghana - Top Ten Finalists
2014 Live workshop, Clay Objects, Past and Present Aesthetics, Nubuke Foundation, Ghana
2013 Young Generation Show, TV Africa, Accra, Ghana
2013 Be Bold Show, ETV Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Collections
Absa Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada