Graffiti and patinations in painting

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Wall surfaces are often painted as a subsidiary or as background to other subjects regarded as the main subject matter. Therefore beauty and other aesthetic and artistic qualities that exist on walls are not exploited. The wall surfaces either well painted or left at the mercy of the weather is a subject matter worth painting. The researcher sought to explore and treat wall surfaces as independent subject matter and document this area, which has basically prompted this research. Though wall is defined as any conscription, lining or enclosure of wood, metal, brick etc., WALL in this report has been narrowed to wood or concrete wall surfaces and metal and wooden surface of the mummy truck, also known as “tro-tro” by the Ghanaian sources. These wall surfaces invariably reveal the philosophy and the feelings of people in a particular milieu as well as improving creativity without barriers. The encrustations, patinations, graffiti, cracks and drippings reveal artistic inspirational sources. Paintings of walls do not only highlight societal concerns and psychological make-up but also inspire new ways of doing things as well as asserting the fact that life and growth starts from decay. This decay is artistically transformed and communicated back to society as a message from the artist as he sees societal concerns. The painted walls will grow, grow with society till its life is taken away. The wall will be a new central focus into which one will see nature and phenomena necessary for creativity.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts (MFA) in Painting, 1997