Akirash is born in Nigeria, he studied at the "Institute of Textile, Technology, Arts and Design (ITTAD)" in Lagos and he is living in Accra, Ghana. In his works he experiments different media: paintings, assemblage, sculpture and performance, and they are often related with social thematics.
We went to the studio to ask him some questions about his work and his experience in Amsterdam.
The studio was completely absorbed in his colourful works. Around 10 big canvas were hanging, with bright colors and lot of small objects sewed on them (as for example an Amsterdam tram ticket, beer tops and more). In fact when Akirash travels he tries to get inspired by the place that he visits, without having a previews plan.That is why his last two paintings made in Amsterdam are inspired one by the importance of the bike in the city, and the other one by the Amsterdam World Cup Celebration on the 13th of July 2010.
This paintings-assemblage are a mix of recognizable element of the city enriched by his personal impressions of it.
"My works are in form of psychological finding, expression, experiment, research, through the world of creativity ideas which brings discussions, debates and talks among lots the people without the conventional ink on paper. it opens the eyes of humanity to the spirit of triumphs of life even for one day. my work call attention to those moments. All my life I have loved sharing my creative ideals and thoughts with young talents. My works are assembling, attaching, glue, paints, and its addresses education, social life, culture, political, economy, performances and above all environmental issues."