Richard Mensah, born in Ghana, currently resides in London where he has his full-time studio and represented by Chilli Art Projects.
His style is mainly intuitive. He takes inspiration from his African heritage, childhood memories and everyday happenings and is very passionate about social issues. He does not limit himself in his work; he paints and creates as inspired. His love of colours, nature and fascination about everyday life scenes show through his work. He is deeply fascinated by shapes, movement and shades and light and tries to capture these in his paintings. His paintings and creations are vivid, bright bold colours, captures various emotions and combines abstract and realism.
‘The series reflect on the explosion of confidence and arts in the Black community during the Harlem Renaissance and more recently of African/Black arts and culture. This to many of us has ushered in a new ‘African/Black Renaissance’. The figures in the series depicts and exudes self-confidence, assurance, and a thriving person(s) which is often depicted in the various poses of the figures.
The artist uses the plantain leaves to serve both as an anchor for the artist own childhood memories growing up on the African continent and tries to link the subjects in the paintings to the African continent especially the western part as well.
The geometric circles in the background are deliberately interlink to show that even though we are spread around the globe we are still connected in so many ways.
May the renaissance continue live on and for it to be used in a positive way to change the world.