Spartanburg Artist Explores His African Heritage Through Local Exhibit

Visual artist Ludovic Nkoth will explore his African heritage in the solo exhibition “Roots” at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg Jan. 3-28, 2018. The reception will be Thursday, Jan. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. during the city’s monthly ArtWalk. His mostly acrylic-on-canvas work can be seen at no charge in the agency’s large “Venue” gallery Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“My journey began in Cameroon, West Africa, where I was born in October of 1994,” the artist said. “The vibrant cities inspired me at an early age so much so that I spent much of my time there filling sketchbooks. My work explores the relationship between the body and urban spaces. With influences as diverse as Picasso, Dali, and Andy Warhol, new tensions are crafted from both opaque and transparent layers infused with rich textures and colors. Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the moment. What starts out as vision soon becomes corrupted into a dialectic of greed, leaving only a sense of chaos and the prospect of a new understanding. As momentary replicas become distorted through frantic and critical practice, the viewer is left with an epitaph for the edges of our condition. In these new works, I want the viewer to feel at home while in an unfamiliar environment, reaching new levels of understanding art works that makes no sense to the naked eye.”

About 14 pieces of art will be in the month-long exhibit, and most of it will be very colorful and abstract images of people on textured backgrounds. His painting style often uses many different bright colors combined with dark shadows to achieve a sense of isolated diversity. His style consists of depicting energy and emotion through color choices; creating expressive art, to stimulate the viewer’s mind, compelling him/her to interact with the piece. The larger works (48 by 60 inches) sell for $3,000, and the smaller pieces (30 by 40 inches) sell for $1,000. A series of masks (12 by 22 inches) will sell for $200 each.

Nkoth received his bachelor’s degree in art education/art history in 2017 from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Among his awards are the 2014 Scholastic National Award and top prize in the University’s art competition in 2015. His work has been exhibited in Charlotte, NC; Spartanburg Library; Atlanta; Spartanburg Art Museum; Tryon, NC; Spartanburg Community College; and Citizens and Southern National Bank in Hilton Head. His website is Lnkoth.com, which has a preview of “Roots.”
For more information about “Roots,” please call West Main Artists Co-op at (864) 804-6501.