FROM a shortlist of 10 artists, a sculptor has picked the 2015 Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art, otherwise called The Kuenyehia Prize.
Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, whose works included a sculpture named Lady Pose, was adjudged the prize’s maiden winner by an independent jury which considered a total of 100 artworks displayed in Accra last Thursday.
The exhibition, held at the Popup Gallery at Labone, was graced by a host of celebrities, including award-winning rappers Okyeame Kwame and M.anifest.
With a first (Sculpture) and second degrees in Fine Art from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Akoto-Bamfo is skilled in carving (wood and stone), weld art, painting, modelling and drawing.
In addition to lecturing, he manages and supervises ongoing art projects and exhibitions. His works mostly reflect African history and heritage.
For his effort, Akoto-Bamfo received a cheque of Gh¢ 20,000 presented to him by the Chairman of Access Bank, Gbenga Oyebode.
The first and second runners-up, Kelvin Haizel and Isaac Addico, respectively, received GH¢2,500 each.
Established in 2014, The Kuenyehia Prize seeks to identify, reward and help develop outstanding artists aged between 25 and 40, by assisting them with financial support and other business training and coaching.
It considers, among other works, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, carvings and installations, with emphasis on artists committed to careers in the contemporary arts.
Also shortlisted for this year’s prize were Negyem Adonoo (Fruitful Vine), Charles Agbetsoamedo (A New Morning), Kwame Ampadu Appah (Vanittas), Kwadwo Boateng Asare (Two Queens), Isshaq Ismail (Road Safety), Ian Kwakye (Unidentical Twins) and Michael Lokko (Final Destination).
By: JAMES HARRY OBENG