Nyornuwofia Agorsor (B. 1983, Lagos, Nigeria) is a Ghanaian artist (Painter/Musician). She is also a Musician (Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Composer and Performer). Even before she completed her secondary education, she took keen interest in art. Being largely an autodidact, she supplements her skill with studies at the studio of Kofi Agorsor, and she has been at it since completing secondary school.
Her work is generally characterized by a childlike innocence that makes it appeal to all, especially children. Being so accessible, Nyornuwofia’s friendly, almost jovial canvases readily disperse their poignant messages without the dizzying pretentions and trappings of the adult world.
She believes in the essence of quality family moments and spends a great deal of her time sharing both artistic and academic knowledge with her kids. She says she likes teaching her kids to “keep them on track.” She thinks this part of her life has so much influence on her paintings. Nyornuwofia Agorsor is the lead Vocalist of the Agorsor Band.
What Nyornuwofia Agorsor presents here is a miscellany that captures a major span of her work. Whereas most of the canvases sport figures that are rendered in her characteristic style of formalistic innocence, one can also read a sense of maturity in composition, chromatic orchestration and an aim at cohesive narrative. One could conclude that this blatant naïveté is a ready scheme with which to reach a more universal appeal.
There is a simplicity, thus clarity that is intended. Though this is obvious, the work still inheres appreciable levels of ambiguity and complexity typical of successful art. Nyoruwofia Agorsor’s obsession with education is made visible through her repeated visual reference to classroom settings, complete with such classroom furniture as desks, tables and chalkboards. Onto the chalkboards, she inscribes texts that imitate proceedings that are easily associable to classroom situations.
In studying the canvases, one is very drawn to the texts that are so frequently referenced. Compared to figurative references, that are less deliberately executed, the texts tend to be very well executed and one reads an intent in their wish to be read. To be even fair, the so called “figurative references” are metaphoric. Figures are essentially presented as vessels.
Text by Bernard Akoi-Jackson