Since my arrival in this country over 5 years ago, I have not only related to Harlem as my home, but also help contribute toward the black aesthetics through the devotion of works, time and teaching.” – Nii Ahene Mettle-Nunoo, 1976
Born in Ghana, Mettle-Nunoo made Harlem his home and artistic inspiration in 1971. He was the Art Director for the Weusi Nyumba Ya Sanna Inc.
His abstract and conceptual style, called “Aklabatsa,” utilized rich techniques inspired by African artists. Aligning with the type of artwork produced in the late 1970s, Mettle-Nunoo’s Aura and Oracles in the Spirit World explores concepts of spirituality and consists of bright and powerful reds and golds, with incorporations of African mask imagery.
Title: Aura and Oracles in the Spirit World
Artist: Nii Ahene Mettle-Nunoo (b. 1945)
Medium: mixed media on rice paper
Dimensions: 32 ½ x 25 ½ inches
Accession Number: H77.52
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