Hales Gallery, The Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA
Until 9th December
Hales Gallery is delighted to announce Supernova, an exhibition of new work by Omar Ba. This is the gallery’s second solo exhibition with the artist.
Ba was born in and grew up in Senegal, attending art school in the capital of Dakar before moving to Geneva aged 26 in 2003. It was in Switzerland around a decade ago that Ba decided to depart from abstract painting and began developing his own distinctive figurative aesthetic.
Today Ba lives and works in both Dakar and Geneva, drawing on past memories and present experiences of both cultures to create works both deeply personal and politically resonant; works that, in his words, ‘tell the stories and weave a thread between’ African and European culture. This notion of duality, whether between North and South, history and contemporaneity, the personal and the political, is central throughout Ba’s work. His paintings, in a fusion of figurative and decorative modes, depict part-real, part-imaginary worlds populated with human and animal beings, organic patterns, geographic and political symbols such as maps and flags – a dizzying array of earthly life. Their material composition is similarly hybrid, mixing masterful use of oil, gouache and crayon and delicately applied china ink with rough, readymade surfaces such as corrugated cardboard.
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