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Adelaide Damoah

Meet Adelaide. Multidisciplinary artist, painter, and performer, Adelaide expresses herself with body and soul to examine social issues including colonialism, feminism, spirituality, and joy.

“I work in an unusual way when I work with paint in that I put my whole body into it. This is exciting for me as it allows me to truly embody and maximize my expression in a way that I was not able to access when I painted in a more traditional way. This flexibility and expansiveness is exciting and interesting to me. It is thrilling to imagine just how far I can take this.”

Watch her in action below.

INTERVIEW WITH ADELAIDE DAMOAH

We had a chance to catch up with Adelaide to learn more about her inspiration, process, and work.

  • Do you have an upcoming project that you could share with us?
    Yes, I am preparing an installation for Signature African Art in Mayfair dealing with colonialism and personal history. The show will be presented by Maro Itoje and pandemic permitting, should open in May 2021.
  • Can you please tell me your name and where you are from…
    Adelaide Damoah. I was born and raised in London UK.
  • What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
    What do you resonate with? For me it’s Oregon landscape and portraiture. When I would jog through the Wildwood trails or go hiking and backpacking, I would feel calm and centered. I wanted to bring this to collector’s busy homes, offices and working areas. I wanted them to be able to take a pause and reflect on the piece(s). I wanted them to feel a moment of relaxation. Through portraits, I am able to make African-Americans the central focus and tell a visual story of perseverance, beauty, and vulnerability. So find what you resonate with, then go with that. Sketch it, paint it, or use whatever medium you have access to to get your ideas out of your head.   Start with cheap materials so you can experiment. I started off using $1 paints from Michaels Art, now I exclusively use professional Liquitex paints. The last thing you’d want to do is purchase high quality materials and then realize art or the type of work you’re experimenting with isn’t for you (believe me, I did this with $500 worth of oil pastels - which I haven’t touched in about a year or know when I’ll every get to learning that material).   Validate yourself. Once you call yourself an artist, you are one. Now make. Be consistent. Keep at it. Build a solid portfolio of work (took my three years). Start a separate page where you post your work. Figure out how to price your work, so when someone asks to purchase a piece, you can respond to their request.  
  • Why do some of your colors have such weird names?
    There are a few colors with names that seem unusual in the modern day. This is because they are based on traditional colors - some of which date back to ancient times. Hooker’s Green, Indian Yellow, Van Dyke Red and Ivory Black are cases in point. Hooker’s Green is not a reference to prostitution, but is named to honor the British botanical illustrator William J Hooker who used the color for certain types of leaf. Van Dyke Red is named after the Flemish Baroque artist Anthony van Dyck who became the leading court painter in England. When he was knighted, he changed the spelling of his name to van Dyke. Indian Yellow is named after the organic yellow pigment it’s based on, which was reputed to be first produced in India. Made in little balls of pigment, the color was exported around the world and was said to be made with uniquely yellow urine from cattle fed on mango leaves! Our color is now made with a synthetic pigment. Lastly, Ivory Black does not contain ivory but is inspired by a color that dates back to Roman times which was made from roasting ivory and animal bones. Liquitex Ivory Black has the same brown undertones, but is a synthetic combination of carbon and calcium phosphate.
  • Can I use Liquitex Acrylic Ink as a tattoo ink?
    No. We would strongly recommend you use a specialized tattooing ink that is designed for skin application. Liquitex Acrylic Ink is not designed for tattoos or other body modification.
  • Can I use Liquitex on my skin?
    While there should be no major issues, we don’t recommend purposefully using Liquitex paints or mediums on your skin. You would be better to use a specialized face & body paint designed for skin application instead.
  • I’m varnishing my painting with your permanent varnish – how do I clean my brush afterwards?
    All our acrylic varnishes are water-based, like our paints, so you can just wash your brush out with soap and water and leave to dry.
  • You’ve changed your website – why?
    Liquitex is a brand driven by innovation and the sharing of knowledge. We've always evolved as technology and science have progressed, and we wanted to make a really simple to use, useful resource for all artists. The launch of our new products, new look, new materials and color palettes makes it the perfect time - we hope you like it. Let us know what you think via our social channels.
  • I want to print some information out on one of your ranges – do you have anything downloadable?
    Yes we have a full set of product booklets you can download as PDFs and print out. Each contains a color or swatch chart and can be found here. The same page has a downloadable PDF of The Liquitex Acrylic Book, our detailed guide to working with acrylics. We also have safety data sheets on each of our products - find them ready to download on the product pages and color pop-ups.
  • I’ve found a bug on the site – how do I report it?
    It's very simple. Just send us a message via the contact form here with the details and we will sort it out. Thanks very much!

STUDIO PLAYLIST

What’s the soundtrack to Adelaide's work? Listen to her exclusive Spotify playlist here.

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