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Artist Profile: Isshaq Ismail

Posted by Dzifa Ametam on

Isshaq Ismail is no stranger to art, he has been painting since childhood and is one of Ghana’s most talented artists. We sat down with Isshaq today to learn more about his work.


How long have you been painting?

I’ve been a full-time artist for the past 6 years. I pursued Art as a career because of the Joy it brings me. I love to create so it naturally became my field of interest. The journey has been challenging but very educative and rewarding.

Can you tell us a bit more about your work?

I work mainly in Acrylic with the help of a palette knife. My works are semi-abstract impressionism. I believe in originality and creativity so I distort realism. A great example would be tomatoes, we all know tomatoes are red but I can paint them blue and they would still be tomatoes. I work on large and small pieces of canvas concurrently, this helps me transport very powerful texture and designs onto my Artworks.

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from kids and nature. The way kids laugh, cry and eat and the day-to-day activities of nature really inspires me. Sacred Day was inspired by the cries of children. The color red cautions the viewer to attend to the kid. The canoe indicates the bliss of childhood and joy of fishermen when they catch a lot of fishes.


What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?

Growing up Art was perceived to be a path for block-headed people. Now it has changed and people really appreciate Art. My advice to an aspiring artist is "It  always seems impossible until it's done" just go for it. I have leant the value of color and it impacts on living and nonliving things. I believe we need to keep the spirit of art alive to inspire the youth and the next generation by creating awareness of Art. You can view all of Isshaq's artwork here. They are 20% off from now till February 10th, Discount Code is LoveArt. 

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