Selected Art Works
In collaboration with mainly Ghanaian artists Regula Tschumi has developed various innovative art projects and art works. Many of them were exhibited in important museums and even integrated into museum collections.
Here a selection of the resulting hand-painted film posters, figurative coffins and sculptures as well as a selection of drawings by the Ghanaian artist Ataa Oko.
Before Paa Joe moved in 2008 from Nungua to Pombiman, coffin miniatures were only made in his studio by his apprentices. They were allowed to sell their pieces to tourists so that they got some pocket money.
A coffin for the Centre Pompidou
The artist Saâdane Afif ordered a coffin in the shape of the Centre Pompidou.
The first group of «Africa Pulps» was created in 2007 after the artist M.S. Bastian had seen some of Kudjoe Affutu’s miniature coffins in the Art Museum Berne.
Paa Joe is a master of carving and his coffin statuettes are outstanding.
4 coffins for Venice
In 2009 Regula Tschumi commissioned for the Biennale Off in Venice four exceptional figurative coffins.
Ataa Oko: drawings from 2002 to 2004
When Regula Tschumi met Ataa Oko in 2002 in Ghana, he was a 83 years old retired carpenter and figurative coffin artist.
Ataa Oko: drawings 2005
As a former coffin maker, Ataa Oko initially sketched his former figurative works from memory.
Ataa Oko: drawings 2006
Ataa Oko now started to draw not only figurative coffins but also figurative palanquins that he had seen when he was a young man.
Ataa Oko: drawings 2007
In the course of this year, Ataa Oko started to draw religious rites and human beings.
Ataa Oko: drawings 2008
In 2008 Ataa Oko began to draw a new kind of spiritual beings, and his works now filled with strong colours.
Ataa Oko: drawings 2009
In 2009 Ataa Oko transformed his figurative palanquins and coffins into spiritual beings.
Ataa Oko: drawings 2010
2010 was a turning point in Ataa Oko’s life, and this was also reflected in his drawings.
Ataa Oko: World Cup 2010
When the World Cup in Ghana took place, Ataa Oko documented the events of every day with his drawings.
Ataa Oko: drawings 2011
Ataa Oko: drawings 2012
In his last years, Ataa Oko worked closely with his son Kofi, who now painted his drawings with bright colours.
Ataa Oko: uncoloured drawings 2012
When Ataa Oko was 93 years old, he had no more strength to colour his big sketches.
Coffins for the Art Museum Berne
For the exhibition «Six Feet Under» in the Art Museum Berne Regula Tschumi worked with the coffin artists Paa Joe and Ataa Oko.
Elections in Ghana
Several movie painters were documenting the Ghanaian presidential elections in 2012 and 2016.
Ghanaian movie posters
Hand-painted movie posters from Ghana are gaining increasing attention in the international art market.
Exhibition poster «Hors-Champs»
On behalf of the Musée d’ethnographie Neuchâtel, Regula Tschumi developed the exhibition poster for «Hors-Champs» with several Ghanaian movie painters.
Soccer World Cup 2014
Ghanaians love football and in 2014 their soccer team played in the World Cup in Brazil.
All Ghanaian artists with whom Regula Tschumi has worked up until now were not academically trained, but they completed an apprenticeship in a workshop with a master. As a rule, these artists work on behalf of their customers and respond to their wishes. That is why Regula Tschumi as a client could also intervene and bring in her wishes as well as her criticism. She used to encourage Ataa Oko as well as other painters and sculptors to go new ways and experiment with the materials and colours they use. Especially in the case of the movie painters she asked them to paint from their fantasy and not to copy from already existing images as they normally do.
Here some biographical notes on the artists with whom Regula Tschumi has worked most frequently in the last years.
Ataa Oko (1919-2012) lived as a coffin maker, sculptor and painter in the coastal town La (Labadi) in Ghana.
Kudjoe Affutu, a former apprentice of Paa Joe, is currently the most innovative coffin artist in Ghana.
Heavy Jeaurs paints his movie posters exclusively for the international art market.
Daniel Anum Jasper
Daniel Anum Jasper is a sign writer and movie painter who is well known for his excellent hand painted movie posters.
Ebenezer Mensah, with artist name Farkira, is well known for his portrait paintings of celebrities.