Framed Gallery
African American Art
Framed Gallery
African American Art

Musah Swallah

Musah Swallah is a professional Ghanaian contemporary mixed media, visual artist born and raised in the densely populated community of Nima, which is largely a Muslim hamlet, where people of different faiths live together harmoniously in the heart of Accra. His paintings, murals, and mixed media works serve as tools that are designed to promote self-expression, create awareness, and provoke dialogue that  stimulate conversations that transform society.

 

The origins of Musah artistic philosophies and inspiration are often spawned from his life experiences. The motivation behind his artwork is based partially on aesthetics. However, the messages that he attempts to convey is vital in keeping the integrity of each piece. A majority of his work contains a narrative, one that he uses to communicate to audiences in order to create awareness and expose ideas and conditions that would otherwise remain unknown. Further, issues conveyed in his artwork include those that influence daily life in Nima, in addition to those that speak to larger social circumstances across Africa and the globe.

 

Currently, Musah creates paintings on repurposed wooden panels and mixed media pieces consisting of recycled materials such as wine corks and African wax prints. The irregularity of the wood he uses has become an important aspect of the composition.  In the creation of his works, Musah slices, sketches, carves and paints.

 

Additionally, the work reflects his experience within various African cultures. The main objective is to render the daily lives of people in his native homeland. He does so by presenting the aesthetic value of colorful scenes while telling the story of various African societies and the challenges they face.

Musah’s art also has a special emphasis on honoring black beauty. Celebrating the rich complexion of black people, the subjects of his portraits are depicted with dark skin. Musah employs vivid colors and layered imagery, striking emotions and conveying a deep spiritual presence in each portrait. 

 

During his career, Musah has presented at solo and group exhibitions in Washington, DC, New York, Ghana and Cote d'lvoire.

 

 

 

 

 


  • Square cut
    Acrylic on paper
    15x22
    $1,200
  • U cut
    Acrylic on paper
    19.5x25.5
    $1,500
  • Straight hair
    Acrylic on paper
    15x22
    $1,200
  • Waves
    Acrylic on paper
    19.5x25.5
    $1,500
  • Mushroom cut
    Acrylic on wood
    1x22x34
    $4,000
  • Wiggly line
    Acrylic on wood
    1x19x24
    $3,000
  • Blue jeans
    Acrylic on wood
    1x27x30
    $4,800
  • Red black & green
    1x25x31
    Acrylic on wood
    $3,550
  • The arc
    Acrylic on wood
    1x22.5x27
    $3,500
  • Flat top
    Acrylic on wood
    1x22x27
    $3,750
  • Flame
    Acrylic on plywood
    23x24
    $2,500
  • Back steps
    Acrylic on plywood
    23x24
    $2,500
  • Reddish hair
    Acrylic on plywood
    24x24
    $2,500
  • Flat blue top
    Acrylic on plywood
    23x24
    $2,500
  • Flame color
    Acrylic on plywood
    16x24
    $2,400