In February Phillips (an upscale auctioneer that sells photographs, jewelry, and contemporary art in London) had a Contemporary Art Sale where they managed to grab $27 Million from several artworks. This figure was not as high as expected, with reports saying sales went down by around 40 percent when compared to the previous year. Our story today is more focused on the Ghanaian born painter, Amoako Boafo whose visually African-looking painting sold for $881,432. When it entered the auction this painting was now in the hands of its first buyer who had originally bought it less than a year earlier, for 3000 percent less money than it ended up getting in London. The painting had an estimated value of $39,130 to $65,217 at the start of the evening. Clearly Amoako Boafo is a true shooting star, both for Ghana and the African Contemporary Art sector. Let’s visit his studio in the video below.
With that kind of talent in the bank, you must now be itching to see what this underrated gem-of-a-painting looks like. The video below has a lot of his paintings, but for your convenience, it is bookmarked at 1 minute 13 seconds, where you get to see the painting in question. Feel free to restart the entire video and see a two-minute showreel of what this creative African genius is made of.
His Artist Statement
Amoako Boafo is a painter and artist, born in Accra/Ghana, based in Vienna/Austria.
Interested in investigating the relation of the personal and the structural by centering Black subjectivity and care. Works with oils, acrylics, and pastels on canvas and paper. Awarded with the Strabag Price 2019. Collected by private and public collectors, most recently Kehinde Wiley and The Albertina Museum.
“ Boafo’s portrait paintings are enticing in their lucidity, accentuating the figures in each work, who are regularly isolated on single color backgrounds, their gaze the focal point of each work. The brushstrokes are thick and gestural, the contours of the body’s almost soften into abstraction. The most well known of his series, the Black Diaspora portraits serve as a means of celebration of his identity and blackness. [You can read more of his statement on his official website here…]
You may also want to see some of his notable works and follow him on Arsty. Where you can also bid and view works from several artists from around the globe, including Amoako Boafo’s profile here.