Background & Biography:
The internationally renowned and famous Gambian painter and
printmaker, (Modou) Modou Ceesay, has been engaged
in the arts for over three decades. He owns and runs an art
studio and gallery called Kyor Art Gallery which is located
in his local base at Bakau, though he has spent many years
in the United States and continues to travel abroad. He lived
for a short while in the Swiss Cottage area of London, UK,
back in the late 1980's, with his wife and son, where he produced
among other works 'Genesis' - 1989.
He was born in the Gambia's capital, Banjul, in 1945 where
he also received his early school education.
a self-taught yet, a talented artist who embarked on his long-burning
passion for painting after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in literature
and languages in 1970 from the Wesleyan University in Connecticut
(USA). It is therefore not surprising to learn that he
is also an accomplished author writing his most recent novel titled
'On My Knees Before These Mighty Heavens' (Walsworth - Pub. 2007). He
has also taught his craft for example as a teaching instructor at the
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts in the US.
Some of his original works can be viewed at many prestigious
institutions in the US such as at DuPont, AT&T, Citibank
& Chase Manhattan to name but a few. Other works can be
found in museums as far away as New Zealand. He has collaborated
with other artists in Gambia over the years for example with
Njogou Touray and the graphic designer Lamin Marennah to create
the Banjul AU Summit's logo which was held in 2006.
He sees his works as an examination of images that instil
beliefs that are in line with his own cultural inheritance
and much of his productions are inspired by
own childhood stories he heard while growing up as a youth
in Banjul. His paintings are created using watercolour and
acrylic paint and applied in his own distinct way which clearly
shows his individualistic approach to his subjects.
He believes strongly in promoting the arts to local schoolchildren
as well as displaying the works of other local talent which
he selects for display at his Kyor Gallery. He has also been
attendant at the Art Educational & Cultural Trust Civil
Society Forum of the Gambia.
See the Kyor Gallery