Larry Amponsah Ghanaian, b. 1989


“My practice in itself has been deliberately designed to dissect some of the many key discourses of painting by way of complex layering or by reduction (simplifying) at times.” 


Larry Amponsah

Larry Amponsah (b. 1989, Accra-Ghana) is a multimedia artist, whose practice investigates traditional modes of image-making whilst employing unconventional strategies of production to look at the contemporary politics of imagery. Amponsah, intellectually trained as a painter, creates collages made of archival images, objects, and stories from various cultures to renegotiate systems of power and to invent new ways of transcending boundaries.

Amponsah transforms, prints, and cuts into archival images, which he assembles in collages. These materials are further worked using mechanical processes and his honed skills as a painter. In a succession of strategic moves concerning image-making techniques, dynamic compositions emerge, as well as compelling narratives or portraits that reference the artist’s upbringing and culture within a greater global narrative.

Larry Amponsah is an Associate Lecturer at the Camberwell Collage of Art, UAL. He received his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2018) after studying at Jiangsu University, China (2016) and at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana (2015). From 2018-2020 he was a Trustee of The Kuenyehia Art Trust in Ghana. In 2019 he was shortlisted for the Dentons Art Prize and went on to win the Be Smart About Art Award in the same year.