Shiri Achu; the vivacious, colourful, bold, young woman was born in Cameroon, West Africa. She and her family immigrated to London, where she lived for many years. Today, she has studios in both the UK and the USA.
She picked up her first paint brush at a tender age of 9, experimenting with several mediums including oils, acrylics, water colour, mix media etc. Today, her chosen preferred mediums are acrylics and oils.
Shiri Achu’s art comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects. She seeks to capture the spirit of her subjects and make them come alive through form, colour, texture and tone.
She draws insight from her travels but in general her inspiration is very broad; from natural moments captured in Africa to still objects, from the human form to the human in action; etc
The eternal optimist, Shiri sees beauty in almost anything and everything. She finds beauty where there is normalcy, and she sees colour through shades of grey. She therefore draws from this distinctively beautiful World of hers and aims to evoke an emotion which translates into images of delight or surprise, with the soul objective of capturing the soul of the subject.
Composition and subject m atter are key in Shiri’s works. Also, abstract/tashism is exp lored in some of her pieces, to leave her viewers to come to their own conclusions.
Shiri’s art is bold, dramatic and uncompromising. They aim to delight and leave the viewer moved as well as leave the viewer with thoughts of wonderment, at times of bewilderment – and to engage ones diagnostic imagination.
‘A truly talented young artist and certainly an inspiration to my own verbal artwork…’ Aaron Flynn 23/04/09
‘The colour, the textures and the subject matter make Shiri Achu’s art absolutely beautiful!!’ Francis Kiakumba 17/04/09
‘Spirit, Rhythm, Love! Great work!…’ Lucyanna Moore 28/04/09
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