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Art Exhibition by Prof. Ato Delaquis

 

ARTIST’S PROFILE: Prof. Ato Delaquis was born in Cape Coast on 22 December 1945. He is Ghanaian of French extraction hence the surname. He had his secondary education at the Ghana National College and Achimota School. His first formal qualification was a Certificat de fin d’Etudes at Ecole ABC de Paris in 1964. He acquired B.A. (Art) in Painting from the College of Art Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1971 and Masters in Fine Arts in 1975 from Temple University Tyler School of Art in the U.S.A where he added Printmaking to his major speciality of Painting and Drawing.

Delaquis showed precocious talent very early in life and was encouraged by his enlightened parents who were dealers in imported books and magazines. Pictorial illustrations in these publications motivated his earliest creative efforts. These efforts were however largely inspired by contemporary African life styles of his environment, as can be discerned from this retrospective exhibition. There were also periodic variations of his development whereby he imbibed inspiration from classic African traditional sculpture– the same source that partly inspired Picasso. Parallel to Delaquis creative output were occasional forays into books and magazine illustrations to make some income. His free‒lance work with the Pan‒ African magazine, Drum and New Statesman from 1965 to 1969 spread his name on the continent.

Prof. has exhibited widely but still shuns the limelight even though hundreds of his works are prized in private collections all over the world. He was taught painting at almost all level of the educational strata - from Junior High to Tertiary. For well over a decade he was the head of painting and sculpture department, KNUST. He was the last of the Deans, from early 1950s to 2005, of the original College of Art of KNUST.

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