March 20, 2023

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“Again-to-Again,” a 2022 portray by Ghanaian painter Seth Fiifi Afful, is amongst his works being showcased at Aspen’s Casterline|Goodman Gallery by means of March 1. The exhibition marks the primary time for Afful’s artworks to be proven in the USA. 

Casterline|Goodman Gallery in Aspen is presenting the debut solo exhibition of up to date Ghanaian painter Seth Fiifi Afful.

The present, titled “Magnificence in Unity,” opens in the present day and can run by means of March 1 at Casterline|Goodman’s main location, 611 E. Cooper Ave. The exhibition, that includes round 17 work by Afful, is a historic second for the Ghanaian artist and the Aspen gallery: It marks  the primary time that his work shall be proven in the USA. 

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Seth Fiifi Afful smiles in entrance of one in all his work, titled “Targeted.” After being found by Casterline|Goodman co-owner Robert Casterline, the 32-year-old painter from Accra, Ghana, is now a main artist represented by the gallery. 

From Accra, Ghana, the 32-year-old artist has been portray since he was in his youth. Afful stated he’s at all times liked portray and described the act as a passion he’s aspired to develop all his life. 

It wasn’t till final yr that Afful began portray professionally. And when his artworks started getting into the general public sphere, it didn’t take lengthy for the painter to get observed. He rapidly gained traction through his Instagram web page, the place Afful posted pictures of his work. 

Robert Casterline, co-owner and founding father of Casterline|Goodman Gallery, occurred to return throughout one in all Afful’s Instagram posts showcasing his art work. Struck by the “lovely and thrilling pop-art imagery,” as Casterline coined it, the gallery proprietor reached out on to Afful on the social media platform and the 2 began an open communication. 

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Seth Fiifi Afful’s “Shades of Inexperienced,” acrylic on canvas. Identified for his uniformly organized patterns seen in each the background and topics of his work, Afful creates these patterns to symbolize the unity amongst humanity. 

“You understand, I stated, ‘I like your work’ — and I do — and I stated, ‘sooner or later if we may put it collectively, I’d be very fascinated with exhibiting your work in Colorado, in Aspen,’” Casterline stated. “I believe we began the dialog in April of final yr, and we have been lastly in a position to put our first present in Aspen collectively.” 

Evident within the works now on view at Casterline|Goodman, Afful is thought for his uniformly organized patterns as utilized in each the background and topics of his work. The result’s colourful, vibrant compositions — daring and highly effective. And the messaging behind his harmonious strokes is also highly effective; the patterns are meant to symbolize unity amongst humanity, Afful defined. 

“I consider in unity and love amongst humanity — that is the inspiration that drives me to color,” Afful stated. “I consider within the mutual nature of humanity; although we’re all of various complexions, we’re all principally of the identical flesh. No matter our particular person bodily appearances, our tradition, race, faith, intercourse and gender, we’re all united as one by our DNA.”

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Casterline|Goodman Gallery put in its new solo exhibition on Tuesday. Titled “Magnificence in Unity,” the present options round 17 work by Ghanaian painter Seth Fiifi Afful and shall be on view by means of March 1. 

Afful’s work embody this message. He brings to his canvases a deep sense of unity by means of inventive selections, such because the multi-shaded, floral shapes that compose the pores and skin of his human figures and the constant inexperienced eye coloration of his topics, symbolizing “the richness of the world when humanity is united,” the artist stated. 

Casterline praised Afful for having a deep understanding of society, individuals and race. He famous that the storytelling behind Afful’s work is certainly highly effective. Although, for the gallery proprietor, the storytelling behind a piece comes secondary to the precise art work itself. 

“I like lovely artwork, you understand, I like issues that can strike a response,” Casterline stated. “And if I just like the art work and I really feel it’s distinctive and that my shoppers are going to reply to it like I did or do, I believe for me, the story takes second lane … it’s simply, the artwork is the very first thing.” 

Casterline went on to elucidate how gallery house owners usually will promote art work for the story behind it and the way typically when individuals are solely promoting a narrative, “they overlook that they’re nonetheless work,” he stated. 

“And that is the opposite factor,” Casterline continued, “these are work, which is nice as a result of a number of artists now don’t even paint — they’re doing plastic and multimedia and NFTs and digital — I imply, sooner or later, I’m like, when are individuals going to cease the noise and begin portray once more.” 

 Casterline stated he believes his shoppers and viewers will reply to Afful’s work. He famous how he’s already heard from a few of his shoppers expressing curiosity, and whereas “gross sales” is the quick reply to what Casterline|Goodman plans to perform with this debut exhibition, the gallery proprietor expressed how Afful beginning off his profession in Aspen is an “superb alternative for all events concerned.” 

“If something, I like to present the local people the chance to see worldwide artists,” Casterline stated. “We’re at all times attempting to deliver a worldwide ideology or portray or artist to our area people, which I believe is de facto good for … the town as an entire.

“However I believe for somebody like Seth, it is an important cornerstone, not a stepping stone — I believe Aspen is a cornerstone to different issues.” 

The “Magnificence in Unity” present is just the start for Afful and his partnership with Casterline|Goodman. The gallery is now representing Afful as one in all its main artists and shall be exhibiting one other collection of his work — Afful is presently engaged on them — on the EXPO CHICAGO worldwide artwork honest in April. 

Afful expressed a mutual pleasure round his partnership with the Aspen gallery. 

“It is an important alternative for me as a result of I see Aspen as a house of artwork and creation, and having my work proven there’s a nice alternative for me to show my skills and work to the world,” Afful stated. “And having Casterline|Goodman representing me, it’s an important alternative for me.” 

With a brand new wave of publicity, the artist stated he hopes his message of unity is reciprocated by audiences at-large, whether or not from the U.S. or anyplace. 

“I hope the impression of my work evokes a sense of unity,” he stated. “I consider that love conquers all and unity is one in all our largest strengths for present and future generations to return.” 

Afful’s work shall be on show by means of March 1 at Casterline|Goodman’s signature gallery area, 611 E. Cooper Ave. in Aspen. For extra info, go

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