Patrick Quarm. *Ghanaian Born US based Artist. B. 1987.
Born and raised in Ghana and currently living in the United States, Patrick has explored the confrontation upon his identity living in a new culture and environment. This inquiry has led him down the path of self-discovery through the interwoven history of his home country Ghana and the contemporary American society. This history includes the colonial past, post-colonial identity and the contemporary collision of cultures that exist in the present American space, its impact on him first and generally on many persons alike. Patrick regards this as a hybrid identity. Thus, one that merges histories and experiences and evolves a unique third personality or character.
For Patrick, this experience creates an opportunity to merge cultures, acculturate ideas and create a cultural dialogue; a hybrid culture. Through creating this dialogue with his works, Patrick identifies the hybrid as a subtle identity that is usually unnoticed yet resonates as a cultural reformation that lends itself to transculturalism, universalism and cultural conflicts. Patrick employs a juxtaposition of the traditional Western style of painting with African print fabrics as a metaphor to engage the dialogue of cultural hybrid and to compose an imagery that references the merging point of both cultures.
Education/ Prizes /Awards / Professional Experience
2015/16 Teaching Assistant, Fine Art – Texas Tech University. USA
2015/16 Helen Devitt Jones Talent Based Scholarship. Texas Tech University Texas. USA.
2015 – Graduate Student (Painting) at Texas Tech University. USA.
2012/13 Teaching Assistant. College of Art, KNUST. Ghana.
2008/12 Student at College of Art, KNUST. Ghana.
2010 Illustrator and a storyboard artist – MMRS Ogilvy (Internship, Accra Ghana)
Rolls Communications (Accra, Ghana)
2015/16 Landmark Gallery, Texas Teach. USA.
2012 End of year Show, KNUST Museum, Kumasi, Ghana
2011 Illumination, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana
2009/2011/2013 Art, Trade and Technology Fair
(All Photos Courtesy Artist)