Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

Rhythm of Life

Watercolors & Ink Drawings by Franklin Ghong Kwa



Thanks to DJ Dullah, Mac Gin Juice & Maria Valdez for holding it down all night!


ARTIST STATEMENT

“When I paint I take trips to my home country. When I pick up my brush, it takes me closer to Cameroon. Right now, I am a new parent. I use my paintings to paint the community that I dream for my daughter, thinking about her in my home country, and how festive it will be.

The Village Community series, made with ink, watercolor, and paper, is really about the struggles and joys of the women in my village. Having a daughter has brought back vivid memories of my mothers and how hard they work. The women are working but still maintain elegance and beauty.

I started the Parenthood series, watercolor, ink, & charcoal, when I found out I was going to be a dad. I was so excited I could hardly paint anything else. In the paintings of the family, the baby is always in the safest part of the painting, and very happy. This is the vision I have for my daughter.

The family and the community, is my Rhythm of Life.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST


Born in Cameroon, Kwa is the youngest of 42 children.

His inspiration for painting comes from watching his elders paint the homes in his village with different colors of clay. As a young child, he started using that clay and creating his own form of art work.

A lot of his art work consists of faces of women because one of his biggest inspirations for his art is his mother, Ewo.

Kwa is the proud father of another powerful little woman, Nila Ewo Kwa.

Check out his mobile gallery project on Kickstarter HERE
Kwa artist resume

Selected Pieces

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Kwa Email flyer
Kwa Email flyer
Next Step
Next Step
Coming Together
Coming Together
Waiting for Ewo
Waiting for Ewo
The Family Nest
The Family Nest
Mumbling to Mom
Mumbling to Mom
By you
By you
Family Bath
Family Bath
Easy Together
Easy Together
Village Spirit
Village Spirit
Beauty and Strength
Beauty and Strength
Community Recharge
Community Recharge
Market Day
Market Day
Village feast
Village feast
Entering the Village
Entering the Village
Looking Forward
Looking Forward