BIOGRAPHY

Isshaq Ismail was Born 1989 in Accra, Ghana, where he Lives and Works.
Isshaq Ismail is a versatile painter who works with varieties of media and techniques to spark a renaissance of contemporary African Art. In scope of his aesthetic strategies he creates grotesque figures and textures in his paintings. Art that refines discarded materials and layering of paint.
In 2015 and 2016 he was shortlisted as one of the top ten finalist in Ghana for the kuenyehia Art prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Arts. That same year he was chosen as one of the Top 100 finalists at the Barclays L’Artelier Art competition, which was held in Johannesburg , South Africa, Showing one painting: ‘Imperfections’
Ismail’s works are a conversation on place and identity. Taking inspiration from his hometown of Accra, Ismail’s work deals with the social and political realities of living in this dynamic 21st century and how those realities ultimately impact one’s Identity.

 

EDUCATION
2012  CERTIFICATE. Painting, Ghanatta College of Art and Design, Accra, Ghana

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019   BLAU! FISCHE!, TO LIVE IS TO CHOOSE Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2019   Various Artists, TO LIVE IS TO CHOOSE Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2019   ARTE FAIR  with TO LIVE IS TO CHOOSE Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2019   Celebration of Australia Day in collaboration with the National Museum Australia and Gertrude Foundation at Australian High Commission in Ghana
2018   To celebrate the visit to Ghana of Their Royal Highnesses The prince of Wales and The Duchess of  Cornwall organized by the British High commission in Ghana , Jamestown cafe , Accra , Ghana
2018   AC1 (African Contemporary One) Nicholas RomanFine Art, NewYork, USA
2018    African Day Summer Show, WTC The Hague Art Gallery, Netherlands
2017   Orange week (FUSE IT) Netherlands Embassy Accra, Ghana
2016   Barclay’s L’Atelier Finalists Show, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, SouthAfrica
2016   Holland & Ghana Growing Together, Netherlands Embassy Accra, Ghana
2013   National Museum, Accra, Ghana

 

COLLECTIONS
Ashong Benjamin and Associates, Accra Ghana
The Netherlands Embassy, Accra, Ghana
Bentsi – Enchill, Letsa and Ankomah, Accra, Ghana
Ashesei University, Accra, Ghana

 

WORKSHOPS / PROJECTS 
Imago Mundi (Contemporary Artists from Ghana)
32/64/90 2014 World cup Art project, Uniform creative
Consultancy UK – Selected Ghanaian Artist
Chalewote Art Festival 2017, Accra , Ghana
Chalewote Art Festival 2018 , Accra , Ghana
 
AWARDS / COMPETITIONS
2016   Barclays L’Atelier Art Competition, Johannesburg, South Africa – Top 100 finalists
2016    Kuenheyia  Art Prize , Accra , Ghana – Top 10 finalists
2015    Kuenheyia Art Prize , Accra , Ghana -Top 10 finalists