Kwesi Botchway - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle Hong Kong Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "You know purple is an ancient colour which has been linked to royalty. The Queen of England, in the past, had to ban people from wearing purple. It was mainly used by people with power or authority. I took that inspiration. Instead of painting black people with purple clothes or putting crowns on them I would rather depict it through their skin."
    — Kwesi Botchway

     

    The present work (far right) exhibited at Accra, Gallery 1957, Kwesi Botchway: Dark Purple is Everything Black, 19 May – 9 June 2020

    The present work exhibited at Accra, Gallery 1957, Kwesi Botchway: Dark Purple is Everything Black, 19 May – 9 June 2020

    "I am an impressionist and a portrait artist. I’m more focused on the human face, I believe that is where our souls display their emotions and I think I’m the kind of artist who wants people, or my viewers, to have a feel of my subjects, get a sense of their stories. Even though I don’t have to tell them, they have to feel it by having a dialogue with the works."
    — Kwesi Botchway

    • Provenance

      Private Collection, New Jersey
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Accra, Gallery 1957, Kwesi Botchway: Dark Purple is Everything Black, 19 May – 9 June 2020

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The Cross

signed and dated 'K.Botwe 20' centre left; further signed, titled and dated 'Kwesi Botchway "The Cross" 2020' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
77 x 72.2 cm. (30 3/8 x 28 3/8 in.)
Painted in 2020.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$140,000 - 180,000 
€17,400-22,300
$17,900-23,100

Sold for HK$189,000

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Danielle So
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+852 2318 2027
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle

Hong Kong Auction 30 November 2022