The arts and design industry in Europe, Asia, South America and other continents is a very huge business.
However, in Ghana, the field is not so much buoyant, although we can also boast of a number of talented men and women who are artists and painters.
Right at the heart of Dansoman, a suburb of Accra, is Artist Commey – a talented young man with magical hands for drawings and paintings.
Having developed the passion for art at a very tender age, Commey has decided to turn his passion into a full-time occupation.
“I am a contemporary African artist. I currently live in Dansoman, Accra, Ghana, where my studio is located. I am a graduate with a professional certificate in art and design from Ghanatta College of Art and Design as well,” he said.
Commey might not be that established or known across the country, but the sight of some of his paintings have just one word written on them: genius!
And, he has made strides too, albeit in a measurable context.
From a boy who used to draw on any and every paper he finds in his hands, Commey has developed his passion and currently owns a studio in Dansoman where he works from.
But the dream actually took off during his Junior High School (JHS) days, when he realized his allegiances lie with Visual Arts rather than other courses.
It is still fresh in his mind how his knack for drawing on tables, book covers and walls pulled him towards one of his teachers, who advised that he sticks to his passion at the Senior High School (SHS) level.
“I remember as a child, growing up, I was a bit shy and not that outgoing. In junior high school, I discovered my love for artistic media. So, I loved visual arts class and always passed that class with an ‘A’,” Commey recalls.
“It is also where I developed my love for painting, so I practiced drawing with pencils at every opportunity I got and after mastering it I got on to painting. One of my teachers encouraged me to further it as he saw potential in what I was doing as a hobby.
“This could be probably because he noticed how I drew on tables, book covers and walls with pencils, pens and chalk. My peers also encouraged me to study visual art at Holy Trinity Cathedral Senior High School,” he added.
His magical hands have endeared him to many, including family and friends, who are always in awe when they see his paintings.
According to Commey, the motivation from the aforementioned people is what inspires him to continue living this dream.
In a country where arts and design is not particularly patronized, Commey is aware that it would take patience before he starts reaping the benefits.
However, he hasn’t sat on his laurels – rather he has made efforts to advertise his paintings to the world through every available means.
He has created an Instagram page where he mostly posts his paintings for the world to see. Also, he was at last year’s ‘Chale Wote’ art festival to parade some of his best paintings to tourists who had visited the country to have fun.
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It is a story that started on a low, but one that looks like it will end with aplomb, especially looking at the zeal and optimism that Commey exudes.
“It is probably why God gave me such magic in my hands. Then I participated in group exhibitions, participated in painting during ‘Chale Wote annual art festival a couple of times and I have my first personal art exhibition coming on this 9th June,” he asserts.
The dream is certainly on and Commey’s upcoming art exhibition should be the beginning of many more to come in his fledgling career.
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