"It is my hope that, through my art, you feel joy, satisfaction and fulfillment.""My friends say I'm a friendly person, willing to assist others to the best of my ability.
"I was born on May 4 in Accra.
"At the tender age of four, I started exhibiting signs of a natural talent in drawing. My father noticed this and, during vacations, he sent me to an informal artist in the neighborhood to observe and learn from him. I'd carry along my colored pencils and notebook. The artist, whom I called Joe, would hand me a picture to try to create the same image. When I finished, he'd take the time to make the necessary corrections with me. These vacation artist visits became a norm throughout my basic educational level.
"I opted to study visual art in senior high school. I also had the opportunity — again during vacations — to learn other forms of art with an Afro media company that worked with billboards, posters, banners, etc. My passion for art increased over time as these influences stirred my inner tenacity to specialize in painting. I emerged with the scorching light of maturity in painting through self-taught effort and inspiration.
"In the year 2000, I went into painting full time. I used to paint vegetables and fruits on card stock to sell to schools. I introduced the canvas works along side. Over time, I have been able to live from my art.
"My favorite part of my work is the final result. This is because when I start a painting, I have the concept — for instance a seaside scene or market — but I do not know the composition. I keep changing the composition until I finally produce a unique work of art.
"In art circles, I am known as Klan Mensa and this is how I sign my paintings. I work mainly with acrylic on canvas, using a palette knife. My works are characterized by rich color, which emphasizes all the important compositional values such as forms, proportion, color graduation and perspective.
"My compositions put you in a state of silent contemplation and also create a sense of curiosity about the entire picture. My inspirations are basically centered on people and places, such as the daily activities of people at work, or cityscapes, market scenes, festivals and more.
"I am also inspired by the potent dynamic men and women in the environment in which l live, because people like this show care, courage and selfless dedication to hard work in their realms of life. With the investment of this personality, I believe my paintings have contributed immensely in promoting Ghana's manifold rich cultural heritage to different countries.
"It is my hope that, through my art, you feel joy, satisfaction and fulfillment."
18 items by Alfred Cran-Mensah
This We Offer
Signed Expressionistic Painting of a Ghanaian Ceremony
This We Offer, Signed Expressionistic Painting of a Ghanaian Ceremony
Alfred Cran-MensahStanding before a reverent crowd, a man holds a aloft a sumptuous golden gift to God, the people's source of help and strength. Townspeople watch silently and some close their eyes in prayer. Alfred...$309.99
Beauty of Nature VI
Signed Impressionist Nature Painting from Ghana
Beauty of Nature VI, Signed Impressionist Nature Painting from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahLuscious green trees create a beautiful forest canopy. Speaking a visual language of color and light, Alfred Cran-Mensah shares a stunning image from an African wood. "The beauty of nature, the...$319.99
Beauty of Nature V
Signed Original Forest Waterfall Nature Painting from Ghana
Beauty of Nature V, Signed Original Forest Waterfall Nature Painting from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahThe forest yields to a sunny clearing where a waterfalls flows into a cool stream. Exalting in the peace found in nature, Alfred Cran-Mensah conveys its extraordinary beauty. He builds the tranquil...$344.99
Beauty of Nature I
Original Signed Ghanaian Autumn Landscape Painting
Beauty of Nature I, Original Signed Ghanaian Autumn Landscape Painting
Alfred Cran-MensahAn ancient tree with autumn foliage stands along in a clearing in the forest. Speaking a visual language of color and light, Alfred Cran-Mensah shares a stunning image from an African landscape....$344.99
Lovely Outskirts IV
Ghanaian Village Scene Original Impressionist Painting
Lovely Outskirts IV, Ghanaian Village Scene Original Impressionist Painting
Alfred Cran-MensahPausing on the outskirts of the village, Alfred Cran-Mensah immortalizes the scene in golden color. This luminous landscape conveys a sensation of peace and well-being. Cozy homes await the viewer...$329.99
Ladder of Life
Original Signed Abstract Painting Exploring Upward Mobility
Ladder of Life, Original Signed Abstract Painting Exploring Upward Mobility
Alfred Cran-Mensah"Life is in faces and everyone has the opportunity to meet people to climb to the next 'face.' Such people are ladders, which one must not ignore or forget to carry because they might be...$329.99
Key Player I
Ghanaian Original Painting of Children Playing Soccer
Key Player I, Ghanaian Original Painting of Children Playing Soccer
Alfred Cran-MensahBarefoot boys race across a grassy lawn, chasing an elusive ball. Alfred Cran-Mensah depicts an impromptu soccer match in small town Ghana. The artist conjures their laughter and excitement, creating...$309.99
Fun at the Fishing Bay III
Ghanaian Original Impressionist of Boys at the Beach
Fun at the Fishing Bay III, Ghanaian Original Impressionist of Boys at the Beach
Alfred Cran-MensahSchool is out on the Ghanaian coast where two young boys head for the beach. Fully dressed, they splash in the shallows, unable to resist the allure of cool water. Alfred Cran-Mensah sensitively...$309.99
Fun at the Fishing Bay II
Ghanaian Original Impressionist of Children at the Seashore
Fun at the Fishing Bay II, Ghanaian Original Impressionist of Children at the Seashore
Alfred Cran-MensahDancing amid sparkling droplets of water, children splash each other on a summer afternoon. Laughter fills the air in this charming work of art. "When we make a deliberate decision to have fun...$309.99
Raising Future Leaders
Impressionist Painting of Children at the Beach from Ghana
Raising Future Leaders, Impressionist Painting of Children at the Beach from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahGhanaian artist Alfred Cran-Mensah celebrates the joy and wonder of childhood in this beautiful painting. Portraying children and their parents helping each other carry fishing equipment, the painting...$409.99
Impressionist Painting of Workers in Cityscape from Ghana
Labor Force, Impressionist Painting of Workers in Cityscape from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahLaborers push a cart along a crowded city street in this painting that captures a candid moment in Ghanaian domestic life. Alfred Cran-Mensah paints in the impressionist style, using expressive...$409.99
Dignity in Labor
Impressionist Painting of People and Boats from Ghana
Dignity in Labor, Impressionist Painting of People and Boats from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahA vibrant scene on the beach, with vendors and fishermen alike, is depicted in this wonderful painting by Ghanaian artist Alfred Cran-Mensah. Working in the impressionist style, he depicts his...$409.99
Avenue of Expression
Impressionist Painting of People in Beach Scene from Ghana
Avenue of Expression, Impressionist Painting of People in Beach Scene from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahPeople go about their typical days on the beach, selling fish and bringing in the latest catch in this impressionist painting from Ghana, featuring a colorful palette and style that allows the shapes...$409.99
A Great Day
Impressionist Painting of People and Cityscape from Ghana
A Great Day, Impressionist Painting of People and Cityscape from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahWorkers go about their typical days in this impressionist painting from Ghana, featuring a colorful palette and style that allows the shapes and forms to blend together. In the foreground are two men...$409.99
A Call of Urgency
Ghanaian Beach Impressionist Signed Painting from Ghana
A Call of Urgency, Ghanaian Beach Impressionist Signed Painting from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahA crowd of people go about their daily lives on the beach, working on boats and preparing fish in this domestic painting by Ghana's Alfred Cran-Mensah. The artist works in the impressionist style...$409.99
Original Acrylic Painting on Card Stock of Man and Woman
My Dear, Original Acrylic Painting on Card Stock of Man and Woman
Alfred Cran-MensahA young couple sits side by side as dusk falls. They hold hands, expressing their everlasting love for one another. Alfred Cran-Mensah of Ghana works masterfully with a palette knife and vibrant...$259.99
A Wait at the Shore
Original Acrylic Painting of Fishermen from West Africa
A Wait at the Shore, Original Acrylic Painting of Fishermen from West Africa
Alfred Cran-MensahWorking in vibrant acrylics, Alfred Cran-Mensah paints a scene from the daily life of a West African fishing community. He masterfully uses a palette knife to portray fishermen bringing in the day's...$259.99
Signed Abstract Acrylic Painting on Card Stock from Ghana
Choice Imagination, Signed Abstract Acrylic Painting on Card Stock from Ghana
Alfred Cran-MensahGhanaian artist Alfred Cran-Mensah lets the viewer's imagination run loose in this abstract painting in acrylics. Hues of vibrant colors form circular and linear patterns on a subdued beige and light...$259.99