Amoako, P., Aidoo, K. B J. & Agbeshie, A. (2022). Visual Nexus of Akan Adinkra Symbols: Some Selected Works of Three Contemporary Ghanaian Artists

The paper sought to identify and examine the works of selected contemporary Ghanaian artists who incorporate Akan adinkra symbols into their paintings to portray Africanism. The study employed the qualitative case study research method using snowball sampling to select three artists and their works which are heavily laden with Akan adinkra symbols. Data were obtained through interviews, observation, review of documents and examination of artefacts. Content analysis was used in analysing the data. The findings indicate that all three artists have distinctive aesthetic significance for incorporating Akan adinkra symbols in their works. They consistently and vigorously engaged in incorporating adinkra symbols into their artistic productions and exposes the overwhelming sacred symbolism of these traditional symbols. It is recommended that other upcoming Ghanaian contemporary artists should inculcate Ghanaian traditional symbols and images into their artistic practices and write extensively on their works.

Visual nexus of Akan adinkra symbols: Some selected works of three contemporary Ghanaian artists
Published: January 7, 2023

Donkor, E. K., Micah, V. K. B. & Ankrah, O. (2022). Aesthetic analysis of Donkor’s scrap metal bull sculpture

Trading metal waste, especially discarded metals and electronic waste (e-waste), is an economic quest for some people in Ghana. Metal scavengers, collectors, and processors have used scrap metals for commercial and practical purposes. However, there seem to be very little scholarly writing on the aesthetic values of artworks created out of metal waste. The study sought to analyse the aesthetic values of Evans Donkor’s scrap metal bull sculpture composed of automobile parts. The study adopted a descriptive research design under the qualitative research approach. The study was centred on the scrap metal bull sculpture produced by Evans Donkor in 2015. The expert purposive sampling technique was adopted to gather data from art experts on the creation of the scrap metal bull sculpture. Data were analysed with the interpretive method as the discussion revealed that there were subjective values embodied in the composed scrap metal bull sculpture titled ‘Struggle for Perfection’ exhibited at the Department of Art Education, UEW, Winneba-Ghana. The study concludes that the creativity of Evans Donkor and his culmination of aesthetic understanding of metal waste into artwork strengthen art practice as well as managing the environmental challenges by getting into scrap metals as an alternative material for sculpture.

Aesthetic analysis of Donkor’s scrap metal bull sculpture
Published: January 7, 2023

Navei, N. (2022). Visual arts and environmental conservation in Ghana: A case study of selected paintings of Ablade Glover

Environmental art remains one of the suitable advocacy strategies to ensure the preservation and conservation of the natural environment for human posterity due to its effective awareness creation. It is against this backdrop that the pioneering contemporary Ghanaian Visual artists and their succeeding generation of artists have produced several Visual artworks for the promotion of environmental conservation in Ghana. However, their efforts have remained largely undocumented and could be misconstrued. This qualitative case study sought to aesthetically reveal the immense contributions of selected paintings of Ablade Glover toward environmental conservation in Ghana. Five paintings of Ablade Glover namely; Accra Floods, Slumscape, Sunrise, Red Forest, and Forest were purposively sampled with data collected through semi-structured interviews and unstructured observation. The study, through visual and descriptive analyses, found that the five aestheticised paintings of Ablade Glover are environmentally related advocacy-artefacts that seek to (re)create the awareness of city dwellers, urban planning authorities, and agencies about: the deadly seasonal disasters (floods) in Ghanaian cities (Accra); the presence of slums and their associated insanitary/health issues in Ghanaian cities (Accra), and other human unfriendly acts toward the natural environment. While Glover is encouraged to produce more of such environmentally-related paintings, the study recommends further aesthetical studies to be conducted on similar environmentally-related Visual Arts produced by Ghanaian Visual artists to decode their intended advocacy meanings to city dwellers, urban planning authorities, and the entirety of the Ghanaian populace. This stands to minimise and/or avert the seasonal floods in Ghanaian cities (Accra); deal with slums and their insanitary issues in Ghanaian cities (Accra) and generally protect the natural environment for posterity.


Visual arts and environmental conservation in Ghana: A case study of selected paintings of Ablade Glover
Published: January 7, 2023