I saw this on the cover of a book and didn’t notice that the background was painted until I discussed the book in seminar. I was pleased to learn more about this artist, Philip Kwame Apagya.

The studio portraiture of Ghanaian photographer-meets-artist Philip Kwame Apagya are like scenes from a West African, Faux Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.  The subjects of his portraits are presented before brightly coloured, painted 2-D backdrops featuring the interiors of chronic consumers. They appear inside living rooms crammed with furnishings, expensive electronics and hi-fi equipment, mobile phones and desktop computers – but the real thinker in this virtual reality is that, for these subjects, does it all represent a material reality beyond the subjects’ means?

I saw this on the cover of a book and didn’t notice that the background was painted until I discussed the book in seminar. I was pleased to learn more about this artist, Philip Kwame Apagya.

The studio portraiture of Ghanaian photographer-meets-artist Philip Kwame Apagya are like scenes from a West African, Faux Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The subjects of his portraits are presented before brightly coloured, painted 2-D backdrops featuring the interiors of chronic consumers. They appear inside living rooms crammed with furnishings, expensive electronics and hi-fi equipment, mobile phones and desktop computers – but the real thinker in this virtual reality is that, for these subjects, does it all represent a material reality beyond the subjects’ means?