ART

The Draman Foundation will preserve its existence through technology and innovation, as well as utilise art as a continuous tool to raise funding through the heritage and history of its partner Artists and Artisans. Often times the very people that bring life to the past and create the future with colors, images, sounds and textures are often times taken for granted, like air, we often forget that without art and artists there is merely existence not life. In partnership with the following artists, the Draman Foundation will be selling and auctioning various art work that inspires the work we do, as well as reflect the artists character of paintings.

Njogu Touray is a well known Gambian artist who was born in 1960 and began his early artistic career by tinkering with art using different natural media found in his environment such as beach sand and cowry shells. 

In his early youth Njogu began by creating Fanal lantern lights and various indigenous masks used in cultural festivities. He later produced household decorations for families in his neighborhood and soon the word spread about his talent and he became a household name.

Njogu creates his own rich vibrant colors using natural resins and pigments extracted from various indigenous tree bark and plants which he uses on his paintings. This obsession with natural materials started in his childhood and is indicative of his environmental concerns about local detrimental damage including the felling of trees. His technique of using alternative media is similar to another local painter named Etu. He is captivated by the magnificent ruins of the ancient Old City of Timbuktu such as his work 'Trace of Old', which portrays the ancient city of in often rich, stark natural tones of the African scenery. Another of his works includes ’Seeing Beyond' which shows the revered and often sacred baobab tree. Some of his paintings as well as Etu's adorn the villas at the AU village in Brufut Heights near Ghana Town. He has opened his own art gallery called Sakura Art Studio - 'Tahalart' - which means in Wolof 'to be stained' with or 'do art'. It is located in the Latrikunda area of Serrekunda just off Kairaba Avenue.

Baba Ly was born in 1987 in Thiès (Senegal) and grew up in Dakar. He was surrounded by art from an early age, since his father, the painter Amadou Ly Dede, supported him. His paintings are all vibrant with emotion, the kind of emotion he shares with Talibes, these young boys whose parents had entrusted to a school so that they learn the Quran and know humility by begging. Baba himself had faced the harsh life of these children left to themselves, because he lived in the Daara of his grandfather as a child in Thiès. Thus, Talibes inspire him and he likes painting them because, for him, he supports them through his work.

Painting is for him the reflection of the everyday life reality and it is more than just a profession. It’s a passion. The different colors and tones that he gives to them are the essence of his painting. He opted for earthy colors with brown and beige tones, golden ocher with a light that gives life to his works. In his compositions, he incorporates aesthetic considerations. You rarely see the faces of his characters.

Baba is a hard worker and he has been gradually rewarded.

He exhibits his works in Senegal and in the United States

Hello, I am Hassan, and you can also call me Hans (name given to me by my baba). I am now 7years and I started my business – happy flags last year when my baba passed away. I was always sad and angry (I still am at times) since my baba died last year on the 19th March 2018. He was my best friend and hero. He taught me many things and shared so many stories including when he helped his parents to sell in their shop when he was only 9years.

I cried a lot when baba died and I wanted to be on my own most of the times. Then my aunt – Tata Adda asked me to do a nice drawing for her. It took me over 3hours to draw and paint a one she liked. And she paid me a lot of money for it. So I got the idea about doing a painting business from there. Drawing and coloring helps me to paint away my pain and grieve and also make some money. I wanted to draw and color art that is very simple and will make people love and want to buy my art. This is why I paint flags of countries. It helps me know the flag for each country in the world, as well as their capital cities. It is very funny to me that so many adults do not know the flags of so many countries. And this is a great selling point for me.

When my business started to grow, I hired my uncle as a new business partner – Uncle Ablie Dabo. He does all the drawings and I color the flags. His baba also passed away on the 22nd September 2017. So happy flags business helps both of us to draw and paint away our pain and grieve.

We sell our happy flags in very nice frames at USD5 (five US Dollars), and special orders at USD10 (ten US Dollars). Our best customers are Grandpa Basiru, Tata Mandy, Tonton KO and Tonton Herve. We have sold so many flags and received over USD800 (eight hundred dollars). I am very happy to donate all the money to my baba’s foundation, The Draman Foundation – Empowering Communities through technology and Innovation.
Please buy our HAPPY flags, in support of The Draman Foundation.

From the very inception, it was apparent for all to see that Marigold Akufo-Addo was a prodigy of art. Case in point: at the tender age of four, she drew a near-perfect, fiery red truck that caught the immediate attention of her parents.

Five years later, she impressively composed her first abstract drawing on a scraper board. The sophistication and dexterity the young Marigold displayed was ample proof of her immeasurable talent, and of what was to come.

Having done her early schooling in Ghana and England, she spent her gap year learning about mud wall painting in Northern Ghana and then to the esteemed institutions of Central School of Art and Design and The Slade. Her debut in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel was exciting as only male artists were being exposed. Marigold Akufo-Addo returned home to Ghana in 1971. She wasted no time in securing a job at The National Museum, where she eventually also ended up exhibiting her work. In 1975, Madam Akufo-Addo proudly opened the doors to her own art studio – the now iconic Lamra Galleries.

Among a multitude of accomplishments, Madam Akufo- Addo served on the board of the National Commission of Culture from 2003 to 2007; has exhibited at spaces that include the African House in Convent Garden, The Cochrane Gallery, The Omanye House, The Museum Parliament House in Cape Town, South Africa and The Dei Center in Accra.

At present, she is Chairperson of the Creative Industries Project Ghana, a foundation based in Ghana - a think-tank that advocates the creative sector’s crucial role to the national economy. As well, she is cultivating KASA Wall – a monumental and multidisciplinary art installation that she envisions elevating the perception of, and conversation around, art in Ghana.

Indeed, Madam Akufo-Addo is of the staunch belief that art, in all its guises, has directives and fuel for future development.

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