Yannick Ackah - New Now London Thursday, December 8, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Yannick Ackah is a recognised contemporary artist, and currently one of the most sought-after newcomer artists from Africa. His works have echoes of Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat and were also immediately sold out at the Berlin Art Fair Positions and at his first solo show last September.


    At first glance, the works of this artist suggests his deep rootedness in the visual cultures of Africa. The engaging images seem to want to carry you away, in search of individual truth, but also the collective truth of a culture. For his compositions, Ackah draws inspiration from African sculptures and masks. The stylistic artistic reference to Picasso and his work is deliberately chosen, whereby Picasso's source of inspiration also leads back to African culture. Ackah himself describes his relationship to it as a mystery:

    "What I see in African sculptures is beauty, a challenge, a complete story, a great mystery that I try to solve through my work with lines, brushstrokes and also with colour."
    —Yannick Ackah  

    Various materials such as paper, newspaper and magazine articles, or fabric, which he assembles in his works as in a collage, create the typical surface structure. They contribute to the three-dimensionality and depth of his works and add a dimension of everyday life and pop culture, which the artist playfully combines with traditional motifs.


    If you allow yourself to embark on this journey, you will often recognise a play of opposites: The dialectic of life and death, mental abysses and dreamy playfulness, day and night, in short ‘the poetry of an existence’, as the young artist himself states. But his own identity and the society in which he lives also play an undeniable role for Ackah. Socio-political themes such as racism and the deep wounds of colonialism as well as to the cultural appropriation can also be found in the works. 


    In 2020 Yannick Ackah completed his art studies at I.N.S.A.A.C (Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l'Action Culturelle) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Since then, he exhibited internationally and his works are part of prestigious private collections in France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Spain and the United States.

    • Provenance

      Galerie Melbye-Konan, Hamburg
      Acquired from the above by the present owner



acrylic, crayon, newspaper and paper and fabric collage on canvas
109.5 x 138 cm (43 1/8 x 54 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2021.

Full Cataloguing

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £13,860

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London Auction 8 December 2022