Original paintings in West Africa
"Although I usually work alone, I often organize the kids in my area and I teach them how to paint… My dream is to open a small school one day teach children who are interested art.""Samuel Lartey is my name. I was born in 1982 in Accra. My friends say I'm talented and creative.
"Art comes to me naturally. My interest started in infancy.
"When I decided to pursue painting as a career, I trained with an artist named Mr. Forson. I find that nature attracts me and I work in a realistic style. However, I love colors and sometimes give an expressionistic twist to my work.
"It was not easy starting out on my own. To raise money to buy more materials, I had to sell some of my paintings and often it's not easy to find a buyer. Even today, it can still be a challenge to sell enough art to keep a supply of acrylics, canvas, gesso and brushes.
"Determination, concentration and a commitment to my teacher and to my creative vision helped me master this art.
"One day I was painting a plein air village scene with the last paint I had. I took a break to visit the washroom. By the time I returned to my easel, a child had poured the paint all over him and started laughing. As I stood there watching the small boy all covered with my last paint I just couldn't hold my breath — I burst into laughter as well. What else could I do?
"Another time, I had accepted a commission for a portrait of a lady that was to be her birthday present. I had to stay awake all night to finish in time for her birthday celebration the following day.
"In addition to nature, I find inspiration in meditation and in reading art books.
"Although I usually work alone, I often organize the kids in my area and I teach them how to paint, which is fun for them and also a benefit to the community.
"My dream is to open a small school one day teach children who are interested art."
13 items by Samuel Lartey
Water is Life
Signed Expressionist Painting of a Woman with a Conch
Water is Life, Signed Expressionist Painting of a Woman with a Conch
Samuel LarteyInspired by the life-giving properties of water, Ghanaian artist Samuel Lartey paints this composition to pay homage to the vital substance. Dressed in elegant clothing, an African woman sips water...$274.99
Signed Expressionist Painting of Two Horses from Ghana
Horse Racing, Signed Expressionist Painting of Two Horses from Ghana
Samuel LarteyGalloping with all their might, two wild horses race each other in this energetic painting from Ghana. Samuel Lartey paints this scene in an expressionist style, displaying hues of beige, brown, and...$239.99
African Village Scene
Signed Impressionist Village Landscape Painting from Ghana
African Village Scene, Signed Impressionist Village Landscape Painting from Ghana
Samuel LarteyIn this painting by Ghanaian artist Samuel Lartey, villagers go about their daily chores, some talking, some carrying pots over their heads and shoulders. Lartey paints this scene in an impressionist...$239.99
Signed Expressionist Painting of a Woman in Blue from Ghana
The Date, Signed Expressionist Painting of a Woman in Blue from Ghana
Samuel LarteyIn this painting by Ghanaian artist Samuel Lartey, a woman smiles as she adjusts an earring in preparation for a date. Lartey paints in an expressionist style, depicting the woman's exaggerated...$239.99
Mother and Child
Signed Mother and Child Expressionist Painting from Ghana
Mother and Child, Signed Mother and Child Expressionist Painting from Ghana
Samuel LarteyJust after feeding her baby, an African mother admires her sleeping child in this love-filled painting from Ghana. Samuel Lartey paints this scene in an expressionist style, depicting the duo against...$209.99
Signed Acrylic Elephant Painting from West Africa
The Elephant, Signed Acrylic Elephant Painting from West Africa
Samuel LarteyUsing primary colors, West African artist Samuel Lartey paints a somber elephant in profile. The bright, patchwork nature of the Expressionist-style brushstrokes contrast with the solemn mood of the...$579.99
Signed Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Unity, Signed Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Samuel LarteyWest Africa's Lawrence Kwaku Agyeman creates this abstract painting to celebrate the spirit of unity. The artisan paints a series of shapes and objects with faces that resemble funny characters or...$689.99
Meditating Figure Painting from West Africa
Meditation II, Meditating Figure Painting from West Africa
Samuel LarteyA woman closes her eyes and raises her hands to her forehead, deep in meditation. West African artist Samuel Lartey divides his painting of a meditating woman into thirds by changing color palettes...$579.99
Signed Acrylic on Canvas Portrait Painting
Masai Woman, Signed Acrylic on Canvas Portrait Painting
Samuel LarteyShards of bright violet and orange clash against dark black and blue in this eye-popping painting by West Africa's Samuel Lartey. The artist paints this Expressionist-style portrait of a woman using...$579.99
African Village Scene II
West African Village Scene Acrylic Painting
African Village Scene II, West African Village Scene Acrylic Painting
Samuel LarteyAs night falls, three West African women head home to their small huts with their wares. Birds wheel overhead, and a large baobab tree looms over the huts. Artist Samuel Lartey from Ghana renders the...$359.99
Acrylic on Canvas Portrait of African Woman
Ideal Woman, Acrylic on Canvas Portrait of African Woman
Samuel LarteyHoping to one day open a small school to teach children about art, Ghana's Samuel Lartey creates vibrant original artworks. In this appealing portrait, a beautiful West African woman is partially...$359.99
Signed Acrylic Painting of African Hunter
The Hunter, Signed Acrylic Painting of African Hunter
Samuel LarteyWith the sun still high in the West African sky, a hunter heads home with his prize. Samuel Lartey paints this original composition in acrylic on canvas.$359.99
Colorful Abstract Portrait Painting from Ghana
Woman Abstract, Colorful Abstract Portrait Painting from Ghana
Samuel LarteyWorking in acrylic on canvas, Ghanaian artist Samuel Lartey creates this original abstract portrait of a woman. Her face is divided into cubes, each painted with different colors, shapes and symbols....$469.99