Tuesday, December 29

ART ::: The Horn by Nshira

by Daniel "Nshira" Akortia
25x40" Acrylic on Canvas


Daniel Akortia is a talented painter from Ghana, Africa who wants to make it big in the art market. He has a passion for painting and would like to market his art to buyers and art lovers in the United States.

Daniel signs his paintings as "Nshira" which means Blessing. Nshira refuses to be drawn from real life, but draws from his personal visions instead as inspiration for his vibrant paintings.

Thursday, December 24

PAINTING ::: Inner Struggles of Self

Original 16x20" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

by Martha A. Wade
Founder, Custom Canvas Art Gallery

I painted INNER STRUGGLES OF SELF during my first Art History class at the University of Michigan in 1998. Throughout the course, we discussed the significance of race in art and media. The discussions often made me think about my own background, and how my mixed-race background shapes my artwork. I didn't want to be categorized as "black art" or "main stream art" or feel limited to paint certain kinds of people. I always enjoyed living the best of both worlds, between the black and white family and friends. I don't want to choose to be one or the other, black or white.

I went home that afternoon and began painting feverishly, and didn't stop until I had created this painting. At the time, I didn't know what to call it or how to explain it. I suppose years of reflection have given me the knowledge to see myself more clearly through my work.

This painting is a representation of those inner struggles that occur within me when I think about being black or white. I painted the person in the middle in Grey, to symbolize the combination of both, and the colorful forces in the world and within us that try and influence our minds. From the people who tell me I am not black enough, or want to feel my hair, to those who come up to me speaking Spanish because they assume I am too - I accept them all.

I no longer get offended at the questions about my color and race - I use it as an opportunity to educate and remind them that I am a person first. I believe people are many things, and above all we are all ARTISTS who merely needs to be encouraged to come out and CREATE!

Read what My Daily Art Blog said about the artist, Martha Wade and her painting.

Sunday, December 20

GALLERY ::: UK Art Gallery

According to the Notting Hill Independent, A Gallery is "the Number One Predictor of Future Art Stars in Britain."

For over 11 years, A Gallery has been showing new works by rising stars in contemporary art.

The purpose of A Gallery is to help collectors find an original and special artwork for their home, work or investment.

Fran Recacha

At Custom Canvas Art, our favorite artist from A Gallery is Fran Recacha, an oil painter and truly gifted talent.

The Barcelona-based artist creates gracefully molded figures engaged in dream-like scenes and interpretations to poetic depths.

The drama he designs in his complex compositions is elegantly undercut by his cool palette and detailed cityscapes.

(Sapiens XXI Century, Oil on canvas, 195 x 300cm, £11,700)

The Painter's Dream

The Lost Dream

(Icarus, Oil on canvas 2007, 130x195cm)

About himselfFran says "My work has as principal protagonist to the human figure, as element to express ideas, feelings or visual games, by means of a figurative style near to the magic realism and the symbolism."

Contacting the artist:
Email artist to buy work or get more information
A Gallery website

Wednesday, December 16

ART ::: I Value Me by Tye Johnson

24x30" mixed media

poem by @wadecreate

what is your value?
do you feel fine?
are you happy,
in your own skin?
aged like fine wine.

do you rejoice
in your mind,
despite trials and

and find the value
within yourself,
every single day
of your life.
i value me.

Tuesday, December 15

PAINTING ::: Drink Youth by Nshira

24x30" Acrylic on Canvas
by Daniel "Nshira" Akortia

Nshira is a young artist from Ghana. He refuses to be drawn from real life in his artwork, but from his own personal visions.

Many of his paintings can be found in private homes and collections, art galleries in Ghana, and he also exhibits his work at national and international art fairs.

ART QUOTES ::: Man and Woman

"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men."
- Joseph Conrad

In a response to our post on Facebook with this quote, one friend said:
"Funny how us men feel exactly the same about women." ~ Lance Garnett ~


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