On February 16, battling with the premiere of the Black Panther Movie, two Ghanaians hope to emerge with buzz on the art and fashion scene during New York Fashion Week. The showcase will feature the full collection of Emelia Lartey’s newest art pieces.
Lartey’s art showcase will also feature a fashion showcase by Kwame Hass an artist also from Accra Ghana. The showcase will be held at Caelum Gallery. Caelum Gallery is dedicated to shaping the ever-changing art world by bringing fresh and innovative artists to the center of the Chelsea art scene in New York City.
Emelia Lartey, the Pan-African feminist is originally from Ghana, West Africa. Emelia attained her primary education at Christ the King International School in Accra and continued her education at a private boarding high school in Connecticut. She furthered her education by earning a degree in journalism from Marist College in New York.
This will be Emelia’s first public showcase. Her first showcase was at the Smithsonian MOAD in San Francisco, California where she has a private viewing of a few of her pieces. Emelia is drawn to abstract expressionism. She is highly influenced by vibrant West African cultures. Lartey’s work challenges her audience to question and experience freedom through colors. Lartey has also recently published her first book, which includes poetry and affirmations and is now available for purchase on Amazon Books.
“The Silhouette Collection” By Emelia Lartey
The collection uses vibrant colors and juxtaposes patterns in protest of conventionality by coloring the absence and shadows of light. The collection challenges and insists on the idea of freedom
From natural environments to art studios, a passion is derived from the simplest elements to inspire a creative hybrid of art and design ideation for tastemakers across the globe. As owner of Danyaki Art & Design, I pride myself on creating “walking” masterpieces that stand out in the crowd.
“My products are individually handcrafted using the ideation process coupled with an imperfect twist. It is a creative process that captures every effect of the products I use and the methods I employ. The various tints, shades, tones, washes, drips, spills, colors, cracks, abrasions, tatters, whiskers, rips, and scratches all serve to define the unique quality, aesthetic, and experience of my products. In many ways, these “perfect imperfections” also reflect the natural beauty of my early childhood environments.”
Danyaki ideation pieces challenge the human eye to question the depth of artistic shape, form, and space through an innovative combination of colors and creations that optimize a tastemaker’s style while pleasing the soul.
Danyaki clothing is worn by a community of tastemakers who present a new social currency; they question rules and they challenge the status quo. While some may view them as outcasts, misfits, rebels, or troublemakers, I view them as “The Tastemakers.” Like artists, they visualize the world in abstractions; like designers, they think innovatively and represent new ideas with confidence and creativity. Although they may be misunderstood, they cannot be ignored.
Danyaki Art & Design ‘By Hass’
Danyaki ideation pieces challenge the human eye to question the depth of artistic shape, form, and space through an innovative combination of colors and creations that optimize a tastemaker style while pleasing the soul.
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