Jeff Bezos celebrates 1st Ghanaian to have his artwork enter space
American entrepreneur and billionaire, Jeffrey Preston Bezos, has confirmed that the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket ship that launched on a roundtrip mission into space on August 26 was successful.
In an Instagram post, the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon, congratulated the team at Blue Origin and Amoako Boafo, the Ghanaian artist who was commissioned to paint three panels of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket ship that launched into space on Thursday, August 26.
Amoako Boafo made history as the first Ghanaian to have his paintings enter space.
Titled Suborbital Triptych, the project was part of a partnership between the Jeff Bezos-founded aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin and the new art programme at Uplift Aerospace, curated by Jill Clark.
In a statement issued by Uplift Aerospace, the chief executive officer, Josh Hanes established that ”the purpose of the Uplift Art Programme is to inspire new ideas and generate dialogue by making space accessible and connected to human experiences,” said the media.
Amoako’s profound strength, which is seen in his portraits and for the first Suborbital Triptych, brought another dimension to the power that propelled the New Shepard rocket into space.
This is only one of Amoako’s success stories as he previously landed a mouth-watering deal with French luxury goods company, Dior, to develop one of the most talked-about collections.
The young Ghanaian native worked with the creative director of Dior, Kim Jones, to create designs for the Spring-Summer menswear season in 2020.
Boafo joined the list of A-list artists that Jones has worked with, including Raymond Pettibon, KAWS, Hajime Sorayama, and Daniel Arsham.
In a separate story, formerly conjoined twins Lydia and Linda Awui, have reunited with the lead surgeon who spearheaded their breakthrough surgery in 1999 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The twins were joined from the lower portion of their chest and abdomen and shared a common liver, as well as other vital organs.
The lead surgeon, Dr Winfred Mensah Hodasi, now 82 years old, performed the surgery for four and half hours with help from his team.