Highlighting the Ghanaian market woman through knife painting

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This thesis, highlights some of the trading activities of the Ghanaian market woman who vends her goods on tables, in trays and in baskets on the open market. In view of the fact that majority of the Ghanaian populace do not recognise the importance of these dedicated ‘servants’ and the contribution they make towards the sustenance of the country’s general work force, the searchlight has been thrown on some aspects of their trading activities. The ultimate aim of the author is to bring to the reader’s understanding, the role played by this category of market women in the socio-economic development of the country so that they will appreciate their contributions. This exercise has been achieved primarily ‘through the expressive medium of painting, using exclusively the painting knife to orchestrate the imageries in oil and acrylic paints. The content of this thesis examines a historical perspective of how paintings have been used to express the ideologies of man during ancient periods through to the 19th and 20th century periods. A review of issues connected with Ghanaian women and development, as well as the nature of oil paint and acrylic paints, have also been examined. Also in review is the nature of the basic technique of knife painting and its employment in the painting profession of modern Ghana. The author’s knife painting technique and its aesthetic visual effect on canvas have also been analysed with plates of paintings made during his experimental studies Thirteen plates which constitute the project works for this thesis have been analytically documented to buttress the ideals which inspired the writing of this thesis The themes subject matter and more especially the sensuous visual effect of these collections are intended to arouse the appreciative spirit of readers It is hoped that this thesis will lead readers to recognise the positive values in the Ghanaian market woman.
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 Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting, 1997