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 in Gunjur
• 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
• 1996 Journey to Europe and exhibition in England
• 1996 - 2000 he studied at the art academy in Kampen, Netherlands.
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 Tunbung