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On View > Finding Hidden Treasures: The Art of Samuel Adoquei
The Long Island Museum, New York
Through June 2, 2024

Figurative art - Samuel Adoquei, "Social Studies," 1994 and 2008. Oil on Canvas. 46 ¼” x 58 ½”.
Samuel Adoquei, “Social Studies,” 1994 and 2008, Oil on Canvas, 46 ¼ x 58 ½ in.

From the museum:

This exhibition is the first museum retrospective of Samuel Adoquei, a Ghanaian-born, New York-based painter and winner of the Gold Medal in Oil Painting and Best Traditional Oil Painting awards at the Knickerbockers Artists Annual International Exhibition. Adoquei taught at the National Academy of Design and is still the first and only African artist to teach at all of New York’s major art institutions and academies (in addition to N.A.D., the Art Students League, New York Academy of Art, and the Educational Alliance).

Contemporary portrait painting - Samuel Adoquei, "Rodney," 1995. Oil on Masonite board. 24” x 30” (unframed)
Samuel Adoquei, “Rodney,” 1995, Oil on Masonite board, 24 x 30 in. (unframed)

Adoquei, whose major portraits and historical paintings are known for their ambition, provocation, and technical mastery, has been commissioned to complete portraits of prominent public figures, such as the politician Stacey Abrams. On Long Island, he has painted landscape scenes at Shelter Island, East Hampton, and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory campus.

Samuel Adoquei, “Afternoon, Bethesda fountain, Central Park, New York,” 12 x 16 in.
Samuel Adoquei, “Afternoon, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York,” 12 x 16 in.

“We are so grateful to Sam for sharing his incredibly skillful work with our audience. He is so versatile and gifted as an artist, and manages to powerfully evoke the spirit of wherever or whomever he is painting, be it site-specific landscapes or careful portraiture,” said Joshua Ruff, Co-Executive Director of the Long Island Museum.

Samuel Adoquei, “A Monk in Yellow (Meditation),” 54 x 30 in.
Samuel Adoquei, “A Monk in Yellow (Meditation),” 54 x 30 in.

“Finding Hidden Treasures” is on view in the History Museum until June 2, 2024, and will feature almost 30 works by Adoquei, including his significant 10’-wide triptych “The Legacy and Burial of Martin Luther King,” a painting featured in the New York Times and once exhibited at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.


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