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Thamesmead artist 'inspired by borough's potential'

PUBLISHED: 15:53 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:53 25 July 2016

Randy Amoakohene will exhibit his work at The Link, Thamesmead

Randy Amoakohene will exhibit his work at The Link, Thamesmead

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He has chosen to exhibit his work locally rather than in central London

A local artist who has chosen to exhibit his work in Bexley instead of central London says he is inspired by ‘the potential of the people here’.

Randy Amoakohene, 26, has spent the year producing 10-20 pieces of work exploring issues society faces today, such as its treatment of the disenfranchised, mentally ill and poor.

He grew up in Thamesmead and has chosen to exhibit his work there by teaming up with the local community hub, The Link.

“I have noticed that a lot of art exhibitions are in central London, and I was thinking why not exhibit here,” he told The Bexley Times.

“The art work will resonate more with people and it will put south-east London more on the map.”

Mr Amoakohene attended Jubilee Primary School in Thamesmead and moved back to the area after studying art at Coventry University.

“I think it is about the people and the potential of the people here,” he said.

“One of the things I am talking about is the recycling or lack of recycling here.

“That is one of the things I wanted to get across to people. It has almost got to a point where garbage and nature have become one.

“Probably in the past couple of years I have been more involved in world issues but that is more at home because I will leave my house and see some ridiculous rubbish in a place it shouldn’t be. I just don’t understand it.”

Mr Amoakohene, who is inspired by contemporary artists such as John Holcroft, believes art has a key role to play in helping to change society for the better.

“Art is digestible. You can more or less draw your own conclusions from it and that is really important,” he said.

“Even stuff like graffiti gives some sort of culture and life to an area.”

The exhibition will be held at The Link on August 13 and 14 from 9am to 8pm.

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