"Large Painting, Of The "ivory Wizard Wohou Wohou" Youssouf Bath."Large painting, of the "ivory wizard Wohou Wohou" Youssouf Bath.
- 117 cm x 145 cm
Very good condition: a slight veiling of the chassis.
Born in 1949 in Tabou, BATH Youssouf lives and works in Dabou (Ivory Coast). He is a figurehead of Wohou-Wohou, a movement that, in the 1970s, gave a remarkable boost to local plastic creativity by exploiting collage and recycled objects, breaking with the official art.
Nicknamed by his peers the "sorcerer Wohou", he now has as his favorite medium the tapa, a canvas obtained from beaten wood. By animating it with traditional pigments drawn from vegetable and mineral materials, and marking its outline lines with black lines, he creates dreamlike worlds where man is brought back to the origin of things to better interpret his present.
My journey dates from the time WOHOU-WOHOU where we were students at the school of fine arts of Abidjan in the year 1972. It was an artistic movement that reacted against the mimicry of Western art and the use expensive and imported materials. This movement also took a name that had been derided by the BONI Guemian Architecture student and meant "confused ensemble of disparate elements" or "anything". During this period I used a lot of material: sand, bird feathers, old bags, charcoal, clay, ropes, etc ...