Larry Amponsah is a multi-media artist whose practice investigates traditional modes of image-making whilst employing unconventional strategies of production to look at the contemporary politics of imagery. Drawing on his West African upbringing and international Black narratives, Amponsah attempts to demystify the tendency of stereotyping the myriad of histories and people of African origin using collage, print, paint, and glue to emphasize notions of hybridity, movement, and resilience.
He received his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2018) after studying for an MFA in Chinese Traditional Painting at Jiangsu University China (2016) and gaining his BFA in Painting at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi (2015). Larry is currently a Trustee of The Kuenyehia Art Trust, which has its flagship programme – The Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art – recognised as the most prominent art prize in Ghana. Amponsah recently won the Be Smart About Art Award at the FBA Futures Exhibition in 2019. Recent solo exhibitions include: When A stone Cracks, We Don’t Stitch, 50 Golborne, London (2019); The Open City of Many Gods Billboard, Bloc Projects, Sheffield (2019) and Imaginary Direction of Time, The Fine Art Gallery, CSU-Pueblo, Colorado (2018). Selected group exhibitions include A Collective Intimacy (within Theaster Gates’s installation Black Image Corporation) presented by Prada, The Vinyl Factory & The Showroom, 180 The Strand, London (2019); DAMNED IF I DO… DAMNED IF I DON’T for Open Space’s: Of Hosts & Guests, Pushkin House, London (2019); SURGE, East Wing Biennial 13, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2018); Open House CCA, Delfina Foundation, London (2017).