“The Artist at Work” is a collection of very short films on the day to day work of essentially African artists.
Creation is a mystery and the aim of these films is not to elucidate it but to show, in a few minutes, the rendering of a process that has taken years to accomplish. We are in the artist’s studio, his place of expression which, as often in Africa, is also his own familiar environment, and we are invited to the creation of a work of art.
As a guest unwilling to disturb but keen to be part of the creative process, we witness the bare canvas coming to life with lines and colours, a sculpture taking shape, the brush carving up the empty surface with its curves, hands constantly in motion, making tangible the imaginary.
Nothing will disturb the artist’s trajectory, we are discretely at one with him in his creation. Freedom is the watchword of this collection. Freedom to appreciate, to experience creation and above all, as a privileged guest, follow the artist at work…
“Warrior” is an atypical character in the world of contemporary African art. Autodidact, he has lived a thousand lives across many countries before revealing his artistic identity. He has totally modernised the batik printing technique, with his abstraction and flamboyant colours.
Bruce Clarke is an artist whose works deal with contemporary history, his writings and transmission. His artistic research incorporates codes used to turn against the power and injustice of administration systems. His works are exhibited in Europe, Africa and the United States.
Before turning to the arts, he set out to become a doctor, then a critic. The writing never left him. He has constantly sprinkled his pictorial works with sentences, fragments and letters. In a fusion of colour and graphics, he merges the fluidity of his line with a vibrant palette. Everything is suggestion, a whisper in a haze of unrest.
An artist with an expressive and sharp style, he experiments with abstraction emphasizing freedom of gesture and movement. He seeks inspiration from the society around him, people and their daily lives providing an infinite range of themes. “Construction, deconstruction, reconstruction, forms I like to explore, eluding any sense of logic”.
Originally a welder, he acquired the technical skills which gradually led him to the arts. He creates mixing works of traditional African with scrap metal, producing sculptures conveying a strong dreamlike quality.
A self-taught artist, he has been working in Burkina-Faso for the last fifteen years. Fascinated by recycling materials, he brings to life used tins, cans, plastic bags and flip-flops. Madi pursues his path of artistic research with the different materials provided by these abandoned objects, transforming them and giving them new life.
Ndoye Douts lives and works in Dakar, in the popular neighborhood of Medina. The city is his primary source of inspiration and he creates, on canvases of vibrant color, a chaotic universe reminiscent of African metropoles. With his works displayed globally, he has an enticing and chaotic expressionist style.
Having completed his studies at the Abidjan School of Fine Arts followed by the Pietrasanta School in Italy, he became master of the lost-wax method of casting. His bronze sculptures, streamlined or massive, are rooted in Burkina Faso’s mythology. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Africa and Europe and is represented in most important collections of contemporary art.
A multifaceted artist, as at home in painting as in sculpture or the design of monumental installations, Soly Cissé is undeniably one of the great masters of contemporary art from the African continent. His extraordinary work capacity and the diversity of his means of expression have opened doors for him to the biggest international art fairs throughout the world.
Famakan Magassa is part of a new generation of plastic artists from Mali. This young artist quickly became of a valued member of the international art scene. His paintings, glowing with color, hold an originality and a surprising maturity and mastery for an artist who only recently began exhibiting his work outside his home country. Institutions, galleries and collectors in Europe and the U.S. have opened their doors wide for this artist.