Asante folklore: a visual interpretation

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Ghanaian contemporary art may have used folklore as an inspiration for artistic expression extensively in the performing arts than in any other field of study. E.K. Nyame, Nana Kwame Ampadu, agya Koo Nimo, Amakye Dede and his Apollo Kings, Nana Tuffour are only a few of the host of others who have used this idiom in Ghanaian highlife music. In the Ghanaian literary world notable examples are found in the works of Efua Sutherland and Dr. Martin Owusu. “The Marriage of Anansewaa” and “The Story Ananse Told” respectively. Although countless examples of folklore-inspired expression abound in indigenous Ghanaian visual arts, one cannot boast of the same degree of inspiration in contemporary Painting, Sculpture, Pottery or Metal work. The general appeal of visual images and the moral and educational value of this heritage make a perpetuation of Asante’s folklore by way of visual interpretation pertinent in our fast changing world.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Painting and Sculpture, 1998