Current Work

Recently, I have been inspired by a combination of self discovery and interaction with colleagues, to explore beyond the traditional figure or portrait. To express myself using my body as a printing tool. To leave my physical mark, while simultaneously using automatic writing through and around the impressions left by my “self.”

The writing takes the form of streams of consciousness and happenings, interspersed with words and proverbs from the languages of my parents- both from Ghana. Ga, Twi and Fanti. This is an ongoing labour of love called “This is Me…” 

Artist Statement

 My previous work focused on specific social themes which were of interest to me. I like to work in series as I feel this allows me to tell the story of my chosen subject matter more completely. I have explored race, domestic violence, sexuality and relationships to date using primarily the figure and text.

More recently, I have been inspired by a combination of self discovery and interaction (including interviews for my Art Success series) with other contemporary artists, to explore beyond the traditional figure or portrait. To express myself using my body as a printing tool. To leave my physical mark, while simultaneously using automatic writing through and around the impressions left by my “self.”

The writing takes the form of streams of consciousness, interspersed with words and proverbs from the languages of my parents- both from Ghana. Ga, Twi and Fanti.

The main influences which have precipitated this evolution include David Hammons, Judy Chicago, Ana Mendieta and Jean-Michel Basquiat, but my biggest influence has always been Frida Kahlo.

 

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Bio

Adelaide Damoah is a British artist of Ghanaian descent whose earlier work combined African and Western influences while highlighting social issues. 

After graduating with a degree in Applied Biology in 1999, Damoah went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry for six years. During this time, she was diagnosed with endometriosis after many years of chronic pain. The time she spent off sick allowed her to learn more about her passion for painting, while simultaneously, reevaluating what was most important to her.

In 2006, Damoah had her debut exhibition entitled “Black Brits,” in Charlie Allen’s Boutique, Islington. The show received some media attention, being featured on BBC News, Channel 5 News and other regional and local media outlets in the UK.

In her most recently exhibited work, “This is Us,” Damoah tells personal stories of love and heartache by combining studies of the female form with writing. She cites her main influence as being Frida Kahlo.

Damoah currently writes her experiences and thoughts onto canvas using pen and oil paint. Using English interspersed with Twi, Ga and Fanti- the languages of her parents, Damoah covers her body in oil paint and uses herself as a tool to print on top of her hand written text, resulting in paintings which are not figurative in a classical sense. She cites her main influences for this evolution as being David Hammons, Judy Chicago, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ana Mendieta. A deep desire to truly connect with her heritage drives the use of her parent’s language in the work.

Damoah’s solo exhibitions to date also include This is Us, Supermodels, Black Lipstick, and a domestic violence exhibition for registered charity, the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

Adelaide Damoah interviews visual artists for her Youtube channel. The videos form a series called Art Success. First started in 2011 as blog interviews, the series seeks to discover how artists overcome their biggest challenges, achieve their biggest successes and aims to give advice to artists at the start of their careers.

Damoah is a member of the BBFA (Black British Female Artists Collective).

 

What is the BBFA Collective?

 

BBFA stands for Black British Female Artist Collective. Founded in 2015 by Enam Gbewonyo, the BBFA was established to address the lack of visibility and platforms available to black female artists in the UK. We have a number of events and projects in the pipeline for 2017 and beyond. Watch this space for updates. Please visit our blog and follow our various social media channels below to be kept abreast of the latest news. Exciting times are ahead for the collective!

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