Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe is a Ghanaian artist based in Portland who creates figurative paintings loaded with symbolism. Rooted in both contemporary culture and his homeland, Quaicoe shines a light on the resilience, power and inner strength of each of his subjects.
The artist recently closed his first European solo exhibition, “BLACK RODEO: Cowboys of the 21st Century”, at Almine Rech Brussels from March 10 to April 22. In the process, the gallery published a sumptuous book which lists the exhibition.
Larry Ossei-Mensah, curator and co-founder of ARTNOIR, said Quaicoe’s latest exhibition was the “result of rigorous cultural investigation and continuous experimentation with figurative forms accentuated with vivid color and texture. rich that has become the signature of Quaicoe’s artistic practice”.
As the title suggests, the show is inspired by the artist’s affinity for film, notably “spaghetti westerns”, where “Quaicoe wanted to unearth the erased histories of black American cowboys”, added Ossei-Mensah.
The book is 168 pages, limited to an edition of 800, and available for purchase for US$32. The publication will also be available as a special edition book, with the printing Jon Graylimited to 50 signed and numbered copies.
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