Countless dots conceal the energetic dancers in Betty Acquah’s pointillist paintings



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20 October 2021

Grace Ebert

“Child at Heart I,” acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40. All images © Betty Acquah, courtesy of the Kuaba Gallery, shared with permission

Movement, movement and emotion permeate the cheerful, pointillist paintings of Ghanaian artist Betty Acquah. Simultaneously rendered of dancing children, costumed troupes and their surroundings, Acquah conveys moments of celebration by hiding his scenes with countless acrylic dots. “The background echoes the movement of the figures and therefore creates a pulsating surface that brings the composition to life,” she tells Colossal. “By extending pops of color into the subject in the background and vice versa, an illusion of movement is created.”

Each richly layered piece blurs the defining characteristics of the characters, presenting them as anonymous and ordinary people. “Women are the unsung heroines of the Ghanaian Republic,” said a statement from the Kuaba gallery, which represents the artist. “The images she depicts speak of ordinary women bravely working for a greater Ghana.”

Born near the Atlantic Ocean, Acquah is currently exploring beach landscapes, aerial and abstract compositions and the connection between young women and their socio-economic status. You can find more of his recent works at the Kuaba Gallery. (Going through The art of women)

“Dance Fever”, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60

“Child with a Heart II”, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40

“Exquisite”, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 83.5

“Victory Banner”, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 50

“Days without worries”, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40

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