By the time he graduated, Asante had become the real artist he always knew he was.
George Asante was born in 1963 in a suburb of Accra. In 1982 – just one year after leaving high school – he sojourned in the Republic of Nigeria for some four years, coming back to Ghana in 1986 to invest a little capital he had accumulated while there.
After a while, convinced that better fortunes awaited him in life ahead, he turned to wood and the talent of carvers in the Akuapim hills. In 1990 he settled there to begin training as a carver. By the time he graduated, Asante had become the real artist he always knew he was. Four years of careful training had not been undertaken for common standards. Not only did Asante's background knowledge of woodwork help him, but an inbred acumen contrived to bring to the surface a reckonable and talented carver.
Asante, who is married and shares three sweet children with his wife, believes in the strengths and aesthetic values of the woods that he and other colleagues transform into works of art. For good reason, he works out many different forms from these materials – sese wood, cedar wood and twenenboa wood in particular.
Eric Danquah faithfully replicates the artistic stylizations of Ghana's Akan people with this ornate mask. He carves it by hand of sese wood and adorns it with embossed aluminum and painted motifs. "It is Odo Ntease, the mask that celebrates....read more
Akan people present the "Nhyira" mask to those who have contributed to their society. Meaning "Blessings" in Twi, this long mask is crafted by Robert Nortey. He carves the sese wood replica by hand featuring an elaborate headdress with white clay and....read more
Mamma duck is followed closely by her ducklings in a mask designed to honor good mothers, or obaatanpa in the Twi dialect of the Akan people. Abdul Salami Amadu carves the sese wood mask by hand, embellishes it with clay textures and paints it....read more
With the privilege of experience, Ghanaian artisan Awudu Saaed creates the original design of this spectacular mask. He incorporates the artistic style of the Akan people as he carves the sese wood mask by hand with an anoma (bird) on the forehead.....read more
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