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Benjamin Oppong - Danquah Biography
I am a professional artist born on the 5th of December 1967. I have been in the art profession over 20 years. I have worked as a project person during my national service in Ghana producing art works and also taught art both theory and practical on graphic design (Print Making and Picture Making) at Cambridge International School and also did part time with some senior secondary school students. Participated in art exhibitions and projects both in Ghana and international that is in Britain, Thailand, Hongkong and some of my works have also been to the United States and Canada.I am a member of Watford Area Arts Forum, Watford African Caribbean Association. I decided to work on my own so i registered a small scale enterprise Ben-art Enterprise and also registered as an exporter the same year in Ghana producing and exporting my artworks. I have done some few design works for the African Caribbean Association in Watford that is, designed a bookcover, made art work piece for the abolition of the slave trade and also art workshops on drawing and painting/collage works during the black history month. I also participated in the dream landing exhibition where artist were selected to design pillowcases using their relatives who migrated to Britain. My work really decribed the idea of the exhibition and was highly recommended.
 
Education:
Had my O'level at Nsutaman Catholic Secondary School. A'level at Wenchi Secondary School and later futherd at The University of Science and Technology, Faculty of art Kumasi, Ghana.I also had entrepreneurial training and workshops on business management organised by both Uniliver Ghana and the Ghana Export Promotion Concil.
 
Awards:
No Award
 
Selected Commissions/collections:
Some of my art works commisioned by Alexandra Galleries london. The Ethnic Exhibition london.
 
Single Exhibitions:
November 2003- Solo exhibition organised by the manager of Openet Plc in Harlesden, London during the Black History Month.

October 2004- Solo exhibition Watford Grammar School for Girls Art Gallery organised by the Chairman of Watford Area Art Forum during the Black History Month.

December 2006- Jan 2nd - Solo Exhibition at Watford Council town Hall organised by Marion
Duffin.

6th - 27th January 2008- Solo Exhibition at the Newton Price Centre Watford.
 
Group Exhibitions:
1997- Participated in Pan- African Festival Art Bazaar in Cape Coast, Ghana.

1998- Accra International Handicraft Fair in Accra, Ghana.

April 2003- Participated in Bangkok International Gift and Houseware Fair

October 2003- Participated in Expo-2003 Exhibition in London at Alexandra Palace.

October 2006- Dream Landing Exhibiton organised by Jolanta and John Lewis Departmental Stores in Watford.

November 2005/Jan.2006- Watford Area Art Forum Group Exhibition at the Harlequin Gallery Watford.
 
Artist's Statement:
I am a professional Artist who produces paintings,collage works illustrations, designs for textile prints, and portriats of all kinds.My works are normally based on collage art, calabash design, paintings, designs and wall hangings but specifically collage and paintings from abstacts, realisms and representational. For the collages, natural and artificial objects or materials are used to create my scenes.I normally use materials like cardsboards with different colours, well coloured treated sand and sawdust, colours, sticks, glue and other materials. These materials are then arranged and stick on the form to be transformed into picture or collage art. They may be cut and pasted on a form or canvases. My works are really based on both African Traditional and European type of art works. On my website at www.collageart.org/ben-art you can see some of my collage works depicting real african traditional scenes like the drinking of palmwine, after a hard days work and bright and sunny day. These works are all collages where treated sand and sawdust, cardboards, textile prints colours and glue are used to make.Sometimes, cardboards are used throughout by cut and paste method. A lot of people wonder how i go about my works, some say they are paintings not collages. When you see them physically you will realised they are collages. For my paintings, they are based on realisms, abstracts, and representational. Some of my works are sketched on site, others are from memory. I also use my brush to sketch and also use brush strokes to paint specifically for abstract works. You can visit my website to have a look