Mali. Town of Gao
Safe Sex On The Beach
Acrylic On Canvas
Omar Ba is a Senegalese artist who holds a degree from l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts de Dakar, and has been living in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2003, where he completed an MA at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts.
Omar Ba’s paintings present a colorful, fantastic, at times chaotic world where the order of things as we perceive them in the visible world is turned on its head. Giant plants tower over a miniature human world gripped by globalization; huge mother and father figures become hybrid godlike creatures at once terrifying and seductive because of the sheer beauty of Omar Ba’s craftsmanship and decorative use of saturated color.
The Cotton Field Blues, 97x97cm, 2013.
My latest painting about the East Coast blues tradition. Acrylic paint, pencil on found wood.
Great and Mighty Artist of the Day:
Born Good Hope, Louisiana, 1898; died Moran City, Louisiana, 1997
David Butler began making art after a series of life-changing events. His various manual labor jobs—in sawmills and road construction—ended in 1962 with a work-related injury, and his wife died in 1968. In the early 1970s, when Butler was in his mid-seventies, he began adorning his yard in Patterson, Louisiana, with colorful, cut-metal painted sculptures, mostly of fanciful subjects such as whirligigs and critters, and with decorated objects like bird feeders, mailboxes, and bicycles. Butler also made cut-metal window screens for the outside of his house, both to control the light inside and as “spirit shields” against evil forces. Butler’s work was included in the important 1982 exhibition Black Folk Art in America, 1930–1980 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C . The works in his fanciful yard environment were eventually dispersed into galleries, museums, and private collections.
See his work in Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, opening March 3!