Adelaide Damoah's work has been described as a stroke of genius and critics say she is the one to watch. She talks about her passion and why she uses her art to push boundaries in society.
Her paintings are described as 'visual poetry' and she is referred to as an unusual artist, but Adelaide Damoah says her work is "A social commentary and a perception and criticism of the times that we live in".
Born in the UK to Ghanaian parents, Damoah's passion for painting started at an early age but she never considered it to be part of her future.
October is the month set aside to raise awareness of domestic violence. Last year we brought you the story of Miss New York Plus, who was shot in the face and left for dead by a violent partner. Things like this do bring a tear to the eye, and government statistics on the issue are also quite shocking. There is no doubt that a lot needs to be done and at the forefront of tackling the problem is The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV).
The NCDV recently held an exhibition of 10 paintings by the artist Adelaide Damoah, all telling stories depicting the problem from various perspectives. Speaking at the event Steve Connor, Founder of the Centre said: "What we are trying to do is to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and we thought that having artwork that could visually describe what people go through when they are in an abusive relationship is a good way to do that. So we commissioned Adelaide, who is an incredibly good artist to put on a display for us."
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On the 1st of October, Adelaide had a showing of ten works on behalf of the charity the National Centre for Domestic Violence. Held in London's Soho, the evening showing marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month to highlight the work of the charity.
Set up in 2006 by Steve Connor, the charity concentrates on offering legal aid and injunctions against the perpetrators of domestic violence on behalf of the victims, irrespective of their financial position.
An acclaimed artist from Grays, who was personally affected by domestic violence, is holding an exhibition tonight (Thursday) to help promote National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Adelaide Damoah, will be marking the start of the month long campaign with an exhibit of 10 pieces of her artwork, each telling true stories of domestic violence.
(Original article written in Hungarian).
Ten British creator a June introduced itself on 25 in the evening in Opera Galéria. The opening was going on on a Hungarian and English language, and cosy jazz music was added to the sight of the pictures.
Our homeland rarely exhibit English painters, dared mostly the to rest desiring his target country we are, little are known about us moreover. Counts as an extraordinary event because of this the ten artists deploying exhibition, from among them three people especially noteworthy in the contemporary art: Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf, Adelaide Damoah and Iain Andrews. Some next texts inform the visitor beside their creations: you are from the artist's own writing you quote, you are an artistic expert we may read his opinion.
Self-taught painter Adelaide Damoah is taking Britain's contemporary art scene by storm, following a string of successful, independent exhibitions.
South London-born Damoah, 31, decided to take her love of art more seriously after being diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2000.
The painful condition, which is caused by tissue growth outside the uterus, inspired Damoah to pursue a career as a painter, and express her emotions and feelings through portraits.
Supermodels is a new exhibition consisting of a series of eighteen striking paintings featuring powerful images which distort some well known international supermodels and celebrity icons. The latest works by Adelaide Damoah represent an intense period of her career when she was personally impacted by the death of Brazilian supermodel Anna Carolina Reston in 2006.
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In 2006, a relatively unknown artist who painted "just for fun" caused controversy with her work depicting iconic British figures like Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher with black faces.
The media frenzy that followed would surely have Enoch Powell turning in his grave - as the right-wing politician was also featured in the collection.
Collectively named Black Brits, the oil paintings outraged members of the public, wowed others, but established Adelaide Damoah, a relative unknown, as one to watch.
Now, as part of a special event organised by Haringey students, the provocative pieces will be on display at the Bernie Grant Art Centre from Monday, alongside her new work, Black Lipstick.
I was a very artistic child, but my parents pushed me towards a more academic career. I took my degree in Applied Biology and did art whenever I could. If I wasn't partying or doing the usual things students do, I was often sketching or painting something.
I landed a job with a leading pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, but in 2000 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. It was frightening, especially when I realised that infertility was a possibility. After a second operation, I was off work for five months. During that time I was bored and in a lot of physical pain, and I started thinking about my future. At the time I wasn't planning a career in art but I started investing more passion into my artwork. I was simply doing something that could take my mind away from the pain.
Adeliade Damoah is actually incredible, and so is her work. The self taught artist made her debut exhibition 'Black Brits' in 2006 and has now set up her own company - Damoah Arts, which represents independent artists.
Who/what are your influences/inspirations?
I first became passionate about art during my secondary school years when I studied the life and art of Mexican artist Frieda Khalo. Her work was so deeply personal and autobiographical that I could not help but be drawn in and her way of drawing inspiration from her own life was the catalyst that got me moving in the same direction. My work is inspired by my physical and emotional pain, with each painting telling a story. I am also inspired by my own life experiences along with issues which affect the society in which we live.