Much more than Just Beautification S1 A by Kwesi Koo Nyarkoh, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 30 inches
Tribal or Cultural Face Painting has been used for many motives. Decorating one’s face in various patterns and shapes has been a part of the cultural make-up of many societies since the beginning of time. Face painting is a common theme across cultures as divergent as the Indigenous American tribes in North America and various tribes in Africa and South American Tribal Societies, who still follow the ancient custom of face painting, choose the colors according to the available raw materials. In ancient times, only primary and locally available colors like red, blue, yellow or white were used. Sometimes by sprinkling dust or soft bird feathers, fingers, chewed sticks, special effects were achieved.
Kwesi Koo Nyarkoh is a fulltime artist who enrolled in the art school after a failing soccer dream. He studied Graphics and began his artistic journey by 1994 in Ghana. He has written two books about basic drawing, shading and painting, which are widely used in Ghanaian schools.