Omar Ba on Kelen
After an abstract debut at the Fine Arts School in Dakar, Omar Ba turned in the early 2000s to a resolutely figurative and narrative painting, a turning point that corresponded to his arrival at the Geneva School of Fine Arts.
His figurative style is very personal and based on the mixing of cultures and techniques.
Omar Ba paints on cardboard, mixes oil, watercolor, gouache, ink and drawing in pencil, causing, on a background generally black, figures, human or animal, sometimes hybrid. The look is lost in the luxurious colors, but the atmosphere remains heavy.
His works are notably inspired by African history but also by his culture and his traditions, but more broadly by the themes of power and authority.