Larry Amponsah received his Master of Art in Painting from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, after partially studying for Master of Fine Art in Chinese Traditional Painting at Jiangsu University in China, as well as gaining his BFA in Painting at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Larry is shortlisted for the 2019 Dentons Art Prize, he won the Be Smart About Art Award at the FBA Futures Exhibition in 2019 and he currently holds a position as a Trustee for The Kuenyehia Art Trust, which has its flagship programme – The Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art – recognised as the most prominent art prize in Ghana.
His practice investigates the traditional mode of image making and yet borrows unconventional strategies of image production to look at the ‘NOW’ politics of imagery. Amponsah samples archival images and materials by intervening into private and public spaces to negotiate with the public and institutions to allow him to photograph images structured around the public’s lived realities. Through the language of painting, Larry spends months to reworks the archival materials by physically collaging, weaving, scraping, painting and concealing in order to reveal what he calls “the now here, but nowhere and yet from everywhere”.