Geoffrey K. Hlorgbey
"Most of my themes are market women, market scenes and environments. I am also into graphic designing and printing tee shirts. I weave kente, but not to sell.""I was born at Abor in the Volta Region of Ghana on April 29, 1980. I am a quiet and friendly person. I noticed my ability when an NGO visited our school and wanted to help talented students who were good at drawing. I participated and received commendation from the NGO officials. They selected a few of the students with the assurance they would return with their package, but that was where it ended.
"A friend who was pursuing visual arts in the senior high school saw the same drawing and was surprised I could draw very well. He kept encouraging me to continue with it because I had a natural talent. I used to visit this friend when I returned from school and mostly during holidays to observe him paint and also to practice painting. I was accepted at the Ghanatta College of Arts, and Mr. Offei Darko, a lecturer at the college, was very helpful. He made time to help me improve on my skills.
"Through consistent practice, I've improved on the way I paint. Most of my themes are market women, market scenes and environments. I use acrylic on canvas for most of my works. I am also into graphic designing and printing tee shirts. I weave kente, but not to sell.
"What I love most about paintings is the fact that they can last for a long time.
"When I started on my own, I used to hang all the paintings in my room. I loved my work I didn't want to sell it. It was difficult for me then to get money to buy the raw materials, and I could not remain dependent on my parents. This made me look out for avenues to sell my paintings.
"I sent some to galleries. My friends from the arts college and I formed a group called Art Revolution with the aim of staging exhibitions. Fortunately for us, a woman working at the British Council who loved paintings decided to assist us by sponsoring our first two exhibitions, which we held in 2005. In October of 2009, I held a solo exhibition in Accra.
"I recount a silly moment in my life when I was introduced by a friend to a man from abroad who was interested in art. He requested 50 paintings, paid for the initial 25 paintings, and traveled with them. I had his address, through which I had to send the remaining 25 paintings for payment when he received the items. I sent the items to him and he requested an extra 30 paintings, promising to wire the money for all the paintings when he received the last 30. Thinking I had a good business opportunity, I used all the money from the partial payment to buy raw materials. I supplied the 30 paintings as requested and that was the last time I heard from this man to date.
"My dream is to build my own art studio and gallery. I hope to be a well known artist by 2015."
1 items by Geoffrey K. Hlorgbey
Expressionist Acrylic Painting
Sweet Melody, Expressionist Acrylic Painting
Geoffrey K. HlorgbeyA Ghanaian musician entertains passersby with the sweet melody of his flute. Fertile green envelops the trio who wear the traditional attire of West Africa. Artist Geoffrey K. Hlorgbey works in...$697.99
Artist: Geoffrey K. Hlorgbey