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I'm Richard Kofi and I'm a young artist from Arnhem, the Netherlands. This is a gallery of my artworks.

ft. Ambre Jane tijdens opening campagnebasis @Groenlinks

ft. Ambre Jane tijdens opening campagnebasis @Groenlinks

— 3 months ago
Hearts of Oakland, Richard Kofi (2013)

Hearts of Oakland, Richard Kofi (2013)

— 3 months ago
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Wilderness II, 120x66cm.
This painting my interpretation of the skyline of Chicago. Thematically this painting corresponds with my earlier painting Wilderness #1, in which I represented New York City as a wild and adventures place. The atmosphere of the painting is based on a Maya Angelou poem ‘Life doesn’t frighten me at all’. The composition of the colours represents city’s pase and dynamics and connects that to the attitude translated in the poem. 
Wilderness 1 and 2 are the result of a series of experiments with new techniques and materials.  
Richard Kofi

Wilderness II, 120x66cm.

This painting my interpretation of the skyline of Chicago. Thematically this painting corresponds with my earlier painting Wilderness #1, in which I represented New York City as a wild and adventures place. The atmosphere of the painting is based on a Maya Angelou poem ‘Life doesn’t frighten me at all’. The composition of the colours represents city’s pase and dynamics and connects that to the attitude translated in the poem. 

Wilderness 1 and 2 are the result of a series of experiments with new techniques and materials.  

Richard Kofi

— 1 year ago
#art  #painting  #schilderij  #urban  #city  #cityscape  #Chicago 

Wilderness, 120x80cm

For this painting I was inspired by old gospel songs and spirituals sung by black slaves in America at the end of the 19th century. In their interpretation of Christianity they often paid special attention to the exodus of the Jewish community out of Egypt in search of the promised land. In these gospel songs the slaves expressed their need for their own exodus, away from the plantation and into the wilderness, to find their own Jeruzalem. This painting translates my desire to run of into the wilderness, where life is all about survival and following your instincts. The goal of my own exodus would be to reinvent myself. In my painting the wilderness is not that of nature, but that of the concrete jungle: New York City. 

Richard Kofi

— 1 year ago with 1 note
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In the Picture
In August 2012 a shooting took place on Times Square in New York City. The police obstructed a man who was smoking weed in public. The man got aggressive and started making a scene, the police followed him and held him under fire. The police received backup and the pursuit halted at the corner of W 47 Street and Seventh Avenue, near Times Square. For some reason this confrontation got further out of hand and the police shot him. The man died.
Only hours after the shooting YouTube got flooded by camera footage of this incident. In this footage you could also see a huge number of other people filming and/or commenting on the incident right as it took place. Here’s one of the clips.
<p>NYPD shoot and kill man near Times Square New York August 11,2012 (by <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m90Tbknnk5A&feature=share”>paul1usa</a>)</p>
The behaviour of the crowd reminded me on a campagne of the Black Panther Party. In their Police the Police campagne they followed patrol officers on their duty to check if the officers weren’t crossing any ethical borders. They did this to protect the black community from police brutality, which is something that happened quite a lot those days. The YouTube clips of today have the same monitoring potential as the Police the Police campaign but do these filmers utilize this potential? In my painting you can also see the security camera’s of the police/security companies. Do these developments benefit our society?
Richard Kofi

In the Picture

In August 2012 a shooting took place on Times Square in New York City. The police obstructed a man who was smoking weed in public. The man got aggressive and started making a scene, the police followed him and held him under fire. The police received backup and the pursuit halted at the corner of W 47 Street and Seventh Avenue, near Times Square. For some reason this confrontation got further out of hand and the police shot him. The man died.

Only hours after the shooting YouTube got flooded by camera footage of this incident. In this footage you could also see a huge number of other people filming and/or commenting on the incident right as it took place. Here’s one of the clips.

<p>NYPD shoot and kill man near Times Square New York August 11,2012 (by <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m90Tbknnk5A&amp;feature=share”>paul1usa</a>)</p>

The behaviour of the crowd reminded me on a campagne of the Black Panther Party. In their Police the Police campagne they followed patrol officers on their duty to check if the officers weren’t crossing any ethical borders. They did this to protect the black community from police brutality, which is something that happened quite a lot those days. The YouTube clips of today have the same monitoring potential as the Police the Police campaign but do these filmers utilize this potential? In my painting you can also see the security camera’s of the police/security companies. Do these developments benefit our society?

Richard Kofi

— 1 year ago
#acrylic  #art  #artist  #black  #painting  #times square  #black panther