Ian Quhachi’s 7 Deadly Sins

Ian Quhachi, an avid contributor to the graffiti and digital art scene in Ghana has released captivating illustrations depicting mankind’s vices popularly known as the 7 Deadly Sins. This project is in many ways, a celebratory homecoming for the artist who’s been MIA on social media the last quarter of 2015.

Tracing its beginnings to the Desert Fathers, early Christian hermits across Egypt, the sins are a simple labeling of the “worst, innate” characteristics of mankind, namely pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth, traits everyone is familiar with.

Characteristic of his style, a smoothie of brooding hues and crisp lines, Ian represents each sin with a character surrounded by cues showing the disorientation and destruction they cause. Describing the project, Ian says, “it is a representation of double personality victimization of people and how these traits weigh down the soul”. Each piece is an analytical glimpse into our state of being. Check out the depictions along with Ian’s perspectives below.

Lust: an intense form of sexual desire for another, or a strong desire for something.
Greed: a selfish desire to have more of something. People think it is the mother of all the sins.
Gluttony: the act of eating or drinking too much. Anyway, eat healthy.
Pride: the quality or state of being proud.
Envy: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess same advantage. Almost like jealousy or greed huh?
Wrath: a strong, vengeful anger. This has destroyed many beautiful relationships.
Sloth: lazy

Overlooking its Christian origins, the concept captures the widely acknowledged traits rather well and Ian’s strokes breathe wonderful life into them. It’ll be interesting to see if he illustrates the 7 Virtues as well, a sort of reward for the introspective journey the project will send us on.

See more from Ian here.

Squirt creativity!

By Kofi Asare

Edited by: Kadi Yao Tay


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