"The themes of my paintings are derived from my subconscious with a strong relation to my natural environment."Henry Appiah is widely known by his artist name, 'Asenior.' He relates his story here.
"I was born in Ghana on Wednesday, June 29, 1972. After secondary school, I enrolled in a prestigious college of art and design to pursue a diploma in painting. I completed in 1994. I am now a freelance artist and lecture at two university art schools.
"As a child I was aware of the talent I had in me. I desired to draw always and I enjoyed it. I derived satisfaction from this hobby. I was reading the sciences in secondary school but then I decided on reading art as a subject, which is the exception rather than the rule. I loved art better than the other subjects. I then decided to concentrate on what I loved and enjoyed.
"I started selling art on a commercial basis in 1993, my second year in art college. I had my first exhibition in 1993 and the response was good so I continue to exhibit my work in galleries. I have been painting for seven years. I've had three solo exhibitions, in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and four group exhibitions.
"The buyers of my work are mainly African-Americans, Europeans and Americans. Ghanaians don't patronize art much. The single largest commissioned work I have done was for a Ghanaian firm: The Global Hotel in Abelemkpe, a suburb of Accra.
"I have different techniques I have developed over time. I have the brush spiral technique, the palette spiral technique, and the fabric stamping technique, as well as others. I developed the spiral technique through the relation between the earth which is a spiral and the focus of attention I give to the main figure in the themes I translate onto the canvas. This figure becomes the center of the attraction in my world which at that material moment is the canvas. These technique are intuitive; thus these techniques are original and are true to me because it is something I have created – these forms are inborn. These techniques have evolved from within me as a result of my quest to "stand out of the crowd." I use different textures to come out with different effects that add character and identity to my works.
"The themes of my paintings are derived from my subconscious with a strong relation to my natural environment. Sometimes the urge to create comes out strong; the translation that my canvas bears is bold and extraordinary. Although I sometimes use themes that are derived from my natural environment, the figures I use turn out to be abstract in every form. This action evolves from the action that takes place in my subconscious. I love painting figures and market women. I use oil, acrylic and watercolor. In some works I use acrylics, this is because the effect pursued is achieved. This is the same with oil.
"I have been influenced by some of the excellent artists in Ghana. Wiz Kudowor, whose use of creativity in his figures as well as his sense of ecstatic beauty, inspires me. Kofi Setordji's works have inspired me in that his abstract expressionism urges me on to develop my style. Nii Mills is also an artist whose works have inspired me; every brush stroke in his work serves a purpose. The strokes are placed with care and intelligence, thus having an active involvement in the work."
13 items by Henry Appiah
Watercolor Painting of Ghanaian Village Women Signed Art
Village Market, Watercolor Painting of Ghanaian Village Women Signed Art
Henry AppiahCalabashes filled to the rim and expertly balanced on their heads, five women leave home on their way to the market. Their hard work and dedication garner Henry Appiah's admiration, inspiring him to...$179.99
Sunset Discovery I
Wet on Wet Watercolor Landscape Painting from Africa
Sunset Discovery I, Wet on Wet Watercolor Landscape Painting from Africa
Henry AppiahA sense of expectancy fills the air as the workday ends and the evening begins. Seated beneath shade trees, merchant women relax and converse, sharing news about their work and families. Limpid...$179.99
Original Watercolor Ghana Market Painting
Night Market, Original Watercolor Ghana Market Painting
Henry AppiahCommerce continues in this West African village, taking advantage of the cool evening and making goods available to those who are away from home during the day. Working with a warm, earthen palette of...$179.99
Moments of Expectation
Watercolor Painting of a Fishing Village in Earth Colors
Moments of Expectation, Watercolor Painting of a Fishing Village in Earth Colors
Henry AppiahPeace and purpose pervade this charming painting. Henry Appiah depicts the boats of fishermen in a coastal village. Waiting on the shore, early shoppers have high expectations for an abundant day's...$179.99
Market Gesture II
Watercolor African Village Scene in Watercolors
Market Gesture II, Watercolor African Village Scene in Watercolors
Henry AppiahWomen from the countryside venture out to sell fruits, vegetables and handcrafted items. Clients await in a tiny West African hamlet. Working in watercolors, Henry Appiah shares the customs of the...$179.99
Great Expectation V
Signed Ghanaian Watercolor Landscape Painting
Great Expectation V, Signed Ghanaian Watercolor Landscape Painting
Henry AppiahA women sits beneath a weathered tree with great baskets of produce to sell. In the background, villagers walk toward her and her hopes soar. Henry Appiah paints this lovely watercolor of an itinerant...$147.99
Watercolor African Landscape Scene
Forest Movement, Watercolor African Landscape Scene
Henry AppiahWomen walk homeward from their garden plots, carrying the day's harvest in baskets on their heads. Living in harmony with the earth, village residents choose a farming lifestyle. Henry Appiah lovingly...$147.99
Day of Rest II
West African Village Scene in Watercolors
Day of Rest II, West African Village Scene in Watercolors
Henry AppiahThe afternoon sun is tenuous as the day winds to a close. Resting beneath a baobab tree, a village woman takes a much deserved break. Friends and neighbors walk on ahead towards traditional homes that...$179.99
Day of Rest I
Original Wet on Wet Watercolor Painting
Day of Rest I, Original Wet on Wet Watercolor Painting
Henry AppiahA woman stretches out on the beach for a moment of much-deserved rest. Nonetheless, other women continue their daily round, making their way past the boats pulled up on the sand. Working in...$179.99
Watercolor Painting of Women in an African Village
Calabash Market, Watercolor Painting of Women in an African Village
Henry AppiahVillage commerce is the theme for this beautiful watercolor by Henry Appiah. He depicts three women in the shade of an ancient tree as they offer calabash gourds for sale in their home town.$179.99
Busy Day I
African Watercolor Painting in Shades of Green
Busy Day I, African Watercolor Painting in Shades of Green
Henry AppiahGraceful in the morning light, women go about their chores. A coastal fishing village is the setting for this lovely painting. Henry Appiah works in watercolor, conveying a sense of community through...$179.99
Busy Day II
Watercolor African Village Scene in Primary Colors
Busy Day II, Watercolor African Village Scene in Primary Colors
Henry AppiahWomen pause for friendly conversation as they go about their daily chores. Balancing calabash bowls on their heads, the walk gracefully through the village to bring home the goods and food their...$179.99
Beach Market IV
Signed Watercolor Painting of a Beach in Ghana
Beach Market IV, Signed Watercolor Painting of a Beach in Ghana
Henry AppiahAs the sun rises higher in the morning sky, shoppers throng to the beach where fishermen have pulled their boats up onto the sand. Their workday over, their catch of the day is on its way to the...$147.99