Artwork of the Day: My Wedding Portrait, Ti Jay
Born in the Kintampo Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana in 1985, Ti Jay is already regarded as a leading catalyst for the development of contemporary African art. This painting portrays his future wedding as he envisions it through his artistic imagination.
Ti Jay attended Ghanatta College of Art and Design, where his talent was recognized with the school’s 2001 Best Artist award. His artistic inspirations range from Michelangelo to fellow Ghanaian artists Ofei Dako and Kofi Dawson, but Ti Jay’s creativity is not limited to painting. From working at Ghana Fashion House and Berrys’ Couture around the time of his training, Ti Jay has indulged his interest in fashion design by co-founding Gold Coast Clothing and Art Promotions, which has produced clothes for celebrities and organizations from Fidelity Bank to the Pan-African Forum.
Ti Jay has exhibited his paintings throughout Ghana, and has participated in exhibitions in Nigeria, the USA and the United Kingdom. He is member of the Ghana Association of Visual Artists and the (Ghana) Foundation for Contemporary Art, as well as Art Slant, Absolute Art and the World Art Foundation in the USA.
True African Art was founded by the Kenyan artist Gathinja Yamokoski. The New York-based online gallery uses its deep, extensive African connections to research and network the African art scene and buy art from African artists on site. True African Art is committed to the established Fair Trade Federation principles in its ongoing relationships with artists, encouraging the development of art in Africa art by paying them directly at market prices. Collectors in the USA and Europe support this cycle through their patronage.
True African Art will be bringing the work of Ti Jay and other African Artists to Artexpo New York from March 25-27. To see more of Ti Jay’s work, visit True African Art’s website, trueafricanart.com.