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Modern and Contemporary African Art

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Uzo Egonu
1931 - 1996
NKRUMAH
signed and dated 1962 (lower right)
oil on canvas, unframed
167 by 122cm., 65¾ by 48in.
Painted in 1962
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Catalogue Note

Nkrumah was painted five years after Ghana had gained political independence in 1957. As the first President of Ghana and for his leadership in the achievement of Ghana’s independence, Kwame Nkrumah was admired by many across the continent and in the diaspora.

Uzo Egonu illustrates his own desire to be part of this movement, with the painting of his face directly to the right of Nkrumah. Surrounded by children and adult admirers, Nkrumah’s gesture towards the kneeling children conveys his benevolent traits as a leader loved by the people. Nkrumah is dressed in a long kente fabric which represents Ghanaian culture, and symbolises his honourable status.

Compared to Artist painting of mother and child, this early painting offers more figurative detail in the representative depiction of Egonu, Nkrumah, and the crowd. Egonu’s work has been included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council of England, National Museum of Modern Art in Poland, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Lagos, among others.

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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