Ghanaian artist Isshaq Ismail explores traditional draftsmanship with figure painting developing unique grotesque images on recycled carton boxes. The material which would have gotten into the end of its industrial process is recycled by the artist as support for intriguing painting projects often inspired by societal constructs and issues. Among his many projects include series of works done in irony of the imposed state required for formal passport photography. Other projects express the unique barbering style art often found on barbering shop or kiosk across urban Ghana. Isshaq trained at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design. His consistent practice has earned him many exhibitions in Ghana whilst being shortlisted for awards including the Kuenheyia Prize (Ghana) and the Barclays L’Atelier (South Africa).
EXHIBITIONS [Solo & Group]
2017 – Accra City Hotel, Ghana
2016 – Ghana
Golden Tulip Hotel Accra: Amokor Art Galary Accra: African Regent Hotel Accra: Accra City Hotel: Publicis African Group: Bedford’s Art Gallery (PITO): Ghana Garden and Flower Show (PITO): The Netherlands Embassy Accra, Ghana
GAVA / IRAN Collaboration Accra, Ghana
2015 – African Regent Hotel Accra: Novotel Hotel Accra: Ghana Garden and Flower Show (PITO): Martha’s Precinct Accra: I Space Ghana, Accra, Ghana: GAVA / GATTA Collaboration, Accra, Ghana Bentsi – Enchill,Letsa and Ankomah 25th Anniversary, Accra, Ghana
Silver Star Towers, Accra, Ghana
2014 – African Regent Hotel, Accra: Arts Centre Accra (GAVA): Marina Mall Accra, Accra, Ghana
Novotel Hotel Ghana, Accra, Ghana
2013 – African Regent Hotel, Accra: National Museum (GAVA), Accra: Arts Centre Accra (GAVA), Accra, Ghana
Private Collections, Centre for National Culture (CNC) Cape Coast, Ashesei University, The Loom Gallery, Ashong Benjamin and Associates, I Space Ghana, The Netherlands Embassy Ghana, Nubuke Foundation Movenpick Hotel – Ghana, Bentsi – Enchill,Letsa and Ankomah, Golden Tulip Hotel Ghana, African Regent Hotel.
Ghanatta College of Art and Design (Tertiary)