Appah, Gideon

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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, GH
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, GH
2017 Between a life and its dream (Scrawl paintings), Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA (L’Atelier Merit Award winner 2015)
2013 Sensation, Goethe Institute, Accra, GH

Group Exhibitions (selection)
2019 Fraccionar, Estancia Femsa Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City, MX
2019 18:20 The Collection, Gallery 1957, Accra, GH
2018 1718, LKB/G, Hamburg, DE
2017 Orderly/Disorderly, Ghana Science Museum, Accra, GH
2017 CODE Art Fair, LKB/G, Copenhagen, DK
2016 Arising African Perspectives, LKB/G, Hamburg, DE
2016 Alternative Facts, The Road Gallery, New York, US
2016 Origins and Lineages, DF Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
2016 Kindle, Gallery2, Johannesburg, ZA
2016 Johannesburg Art Fair, Kuenyehia Art Prize, Johannesburg, ZA
2016 Turbine Art Fair, Gallery2, Johannesburg, ZA
2015 Da Vinci Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
2015 Barclays L’Atelier Finalists Show, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA
2014 Artists in Focus, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, GH
2012 End of year Show, KNUST Museum, Kumasi, GH

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

Collections
Absa Museum, Johannesburg, ZA
The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, CA