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Larry Otoo

Biography

foto larry otooOne of the most renowned painters in Ghana today, Larry Otoo likes to refer to himself as a “contemporary traditionalist”. Born in Accra, Ghana in 1956, his subject matter is inspired by the everyday activities of ordinary Ghanaians. His vibrant paintings in oil and in acrylic capture the rhythm and beat of daily life. He paints, he says, “to record and preserve our traditions visually”.

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Larry Otoo holds a Master’s degree in African Art and Comparative Literature from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He has been making art since he was a child, when he used to be scolded for drawing in charcoal on the walls.
Larry Otoo is widely collected and has an international following. He has held exhibitions in Africa (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria), Europe (The Netherlands, Great-Britain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain), Canada, the USA and Japan.  He was chosen Artist of the Year 1987 in Ghana.
His paintings decorate Ghana’s presidential suite and Ghana’s chancery in Washington, D.C. His recent activities include a residency in Segovia, Spain in 2011 with a joint presentation at the Nubuke Foundation in Accra, Ghana.
He often bases his palette around three primaries. Some of his paintings consist of only these three colours. Typically he lightens the blue while leaving the red and yellow more or less saturated. The effect of paler blue is to raise the pitch of the colour cord, to combine effect of the three colours and to introduce light into an abstract harmony. His subjects include traditional group drummers, dancers, market crowds… The event interest in music in Otoo’s work is vital. His figures, occasionally almost cartoon-like, break down into abstract rhythms, invoking jazz.
Larry Otoo is one of a number of West African artists who seek in their paintings a language for personal experience. He’s courageous in his experimentations. He plunders here and there from both African and European sources in a way that
has become healthy and normal for any international artist. But he always spirals back in on the African mysteries, rejoicing in it totally, like some improvising musician who spins out from and then return, inevitably, to his theme.

Solo Exhibitions

2016
- Gallery My Trunk – Denmark
2015
- Gallery My Trunk – Denmark
- AfroJazz – Out of Africa gallery, Sitges – Spain
2011
- Happy in Segovia, Residency - Galeria Afrika, Segovia
2009
- Meet the Artist Exhibition - Alliance Francaise, Accra
2008
- End-of-Residency Show, Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, VT
2006
- Larry Otoo - Headlines Hospitality, Accra
2005
- Watershed - Pictorialist Studio, Accra
2004
- Contemporary Encounters - Kuaba Gallery, Indianapolis
2002
- Isn't It Romantic: Flowers - Leasafric, Accra
2000
- Colours of Life - Mmofra Foundation, Accra
1997
- Retrospective - National Theatre, Accra
1993
- Larry Otoo - Beaux Arts Gallery, Trinity House, Accra
1992
- Collector's Items - Goethe Institut, Accra
1988
- Otoo '88 - British Council, Accra
1987
- Holland Calling - University of Ghana, Legon / with KLM airlines
- Fontomfrom - Goethe Institut, Accra
- Impressionism Africa - Arts Circle Gallery, Munich
1983
- Culture Recalled - The Loom, Accra
1981
- Courage in Heritage – USIS American Center

Group Exhibitions

2017
- Sight & Style – Larry Otoo & Haila Sabah (Designer’s wardrobe)
2013
- Mar & Música – Larry Otoo & Kobina Nyarko – Out of Africa gallery, Sitges - Spain
2010
- Pulse the Pulse: Portrait of Accra - ACC Gallery, Weimar Ç
- Jamestown Mantse Exhibition - Goethe Institut, Accra
2009
- Nsoroma: Legacy of Joe Nkrumah - Dei Centre, Accra
2006
- Four Ghanaian Artists - Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
2002
- Ghana - S.B.K. Kunsthal, Amsterdam
- Body Electric (Valentine Show) - National Theatre, Accra
2001
- Just Women - Artists Alliance, Accra
- Akwaaba - Basilica del Santo, Padova
- African Strides - Mmili Nma Center (opening), Lagos
2000
- Save our Soul 51st Anniversary - Novotel, Accra
- A Slice of Contemporary African Art - Gallery B: Fors, Stockholm and Frederiksberg City Hall, Copenhagen
1999
- 4-Man Show - Leasafric, Accra
- 30th Anniversary - The Loom Gallery, Accra
1998
- International Contemporary Art Fair - Arte Fiera, Bologna
1997
- Cross Currents: Journeys Within the Diaspora - Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis
1996
- Wiz, Larry, Kofi - Loft des Artistes Gallery, Abidjan
- Art in Corporate Environment - National Theatre, Accra
- Rise With the Sun Women and African - York Quay Centre Gallery, Toronto
1994
- Sixteen: Exhibition of Paintings and Prints - Savannah Gallery of Modern African Art, London 1993 Larry Otoo and Kofi Setordji - Bosman's House, Accra
1993
- A Grain of Wheat - Commonwealth Institute, London / with the Addax
- A Grain of Wheat - Commonwealth Institute, London / with the Addax & Oryx Group, Ltd. 1990 Volunteer Service Overseas: Auction for the World - The Mall Galleries, London
1992
- Paradox of the New - Laing Art Gallery, New Castle Upon-Tyne
1990
- Portobelle Festival – London
1989
- Africa Meets Africa - Pan-African Writers Association, Artists Alliance, Accra
1987
- "Ghana" at IFA Gallerie - Bonn
1984
- 28th Ghana Independence Anniversary Art Exhibition - Westbourne Gallery, London
- Selected Ghanaian Artists - The Modern African Art Gallery, Accra
- 27th Ghana Independence Anniversary Art Exhibition - Ghanaian Embassy in London
1981
- BBC Silver Jubilee Art Exhibition - London Special

Orders and major public works

Artists Alliance - Accra
Cal Merchant Bank - Accra
Dei Centre - Accra
Ghana's Washington Chancery - Washington, D.C.
Johnson Wax, Head Office - Accra
Mövenpick Hotel - Accra
Noguchi Memorial Institut - Tokyo
Presidential Suite, Kwame Nkrumah Conference Centre - Accra
UNICEF House - Accra World Bank Office - Accra
 

Artworks for sale

. Larry Otoo - Market Lane Crowd - 2017 - 114cm H x 69cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Palm Fruit Sellers - 2017 73cm H x 95cm W - Acryic on canvas - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Market Queens - 2017 - 105cm x 105cm Acrylic on canvas : Price: 2.900€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - African Jazz - 2015 - 100cm H x 152cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Face Lift - 2010 - 119cm H x 145cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 5.000€ -. INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Dukes Muse" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 115cm H x 145cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Blast zone" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 115cm H x 145cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Festival" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 95cm H x 69cm W - Price: 1.900€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Jamming" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 79cm H x 66cm W - Price: 1.900€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Stomping" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 73cm H x 76cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Keys Harmony" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 82cm H x 55cm W - Price: 1.900€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Jazz brotherhood" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 95cm H x 133cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "New Orleans" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 122cm H x 125cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Urban Jazz" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 74cm H x 154cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Fusion" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 92cm H x 155cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Lady sings the blues" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 114cm H x 145cm W - Price: 3.500€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Blue Throb" - 2006 -. Acrylic on canvas - 100cm H x 100cm W - SOLD - INFO
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