Etu Ndow (Artist)
Background & Biography:
- (Baboucarr Ndow also spelt
Baboucar) is based at his (Tumbunto) Tunbung Art Village
and Gallery in Tujereng (Tujering) in Kombo South district.
He was born in 1966 at Bakau, The Gambia, and is today one
of the leading talented artists in the country. He became
an art teacher in 1984 instructing and encouraging school
students in the visual arts then later moved onto lecturing
at the University of the Gambia.
He has appeared on several arts programmes on TV both
locally and overseas. Later in life he secured a student
place at the Art Academy Constantyn Huygens, in the
Netherlands at Kampen.
Style & Techniques:
He is distinguished from other artists in his relationship
and eagerness to work with local naturally
occurring materials, objects and the vibrant colours
found in his natural surroundings. It is important to him
to have a balance between the used materials, environment
and vivid African colours such as Ochre. He happily combines
the local traditional materials around him with contemporary
techniques and acrylics producing richly textured abstract
works. An important element in his style is the influence
of sunlight on the landscape,
people and the different forms and forms of emphasis it takes
in interacting with them. He says "The sunlight surrounds
me 12 hours per day. That influences everything slightly".
The other element are the everyday sounds he hears as it gives
him artistic energy which he translated onto his canvasses.
Tunbung Art Gallery:
The centre was opened in 2002 and is used as his workshop
as well as to nurture and develop young local talent in he
country as well as in the rest of the West Africa region.
Tumbunto gallery has also attracted students from several
European universities. There are regular workshops and exhibitions
displaying his and other aspiring students works. The studio
is located out in the open and forms the centre state and
focus of his artistic efforts. The place is one of a few local
initiatives aimed at stimulating new interest in painting
and other creative endevours in The Gambia.
• 1984 – 1988 art teacher at a secondary school
• 1989 – 1990 teacher in St Joseph Girls High School, Banjul
• 1990 – 1994 he run a gallery, the "African Art Collection
Center" in Bakau
1994 – 1995 started a silk screen printing studio. During
this period he already participated in various exhibitions
in the Gambia and Senegal
1996 Journey to Europe and exhibition in England
1996 - 2000 he studied at the art academy in Kampen,
From 1998 on exhibitions in Netherlands and Sweden
2001 moved back to the Gambia
2001 - 2003 art and techniques introducing show for children
in the Gambian TV and Art teacher at "French International
School" in the Gambia
• 2003 gave lectures on artistic traditions at the University
of the Gambia
2003 founded the