Opening exhibition in the Old Rectory of Eugène Diouf Earth & Sand, Beginning and End
Luc Van Huffel was allowed to declare the long-awaited exhibition open, but with the known measures it had been postponed a few times. Now the municipality of Merelbeke can finally offer Eugène an exhibition opportunity. And I am very happy and proud that we can do this.
Eugène Diouf is an artist from Merelbeek with African roots (Dakar, Senegal). In addition to abstract work and recycling art, Diouf also works with traditional African scenes. People are central to his work. He challenges the viewer to think and to open and broaden the mind. He works with paint and natural sand from Senegal. White sand from the beach, black sand from burned cultivation, yellow sand from termite mounds and red sand from the dunes, which reflect to the four cardinal points and with which he creates color shades.
Eugène Diouf was born on November 18, 1975 in Dakar Senegal. The family had 4 children. Eugène lost both his parents at a young age and spent his further childhood on the Senegalese island of Marlothie where he helped his aunts with the work in the fields and on the farm. Together with his brothers Alphonse and Daniel, Eugène found sand on the beach, in the forest and on the termite mounds. This was the beginning of everything. Later, Eugène also built up a sporting career and became a professional football player in the first division with ‘Jeanne d’Are de Dakar’. But art kept wandering in Eugène’s head. Art already ran in the family: his grandfather was an artist and his brothers also painted typical classic Senegalese scenes. Eugène’s talent was already seen at school. His brothers and himself later opened an art gallery in Dakar ‘Galerie la Baobab’. With the classical works depicting typical African activities, Eugène continues in style the tradition of his grandfather and brothers. The abstract works, on the other hand, are entirely Eugène’s unique creation, in which he indulges himself completely and also gives the viewer the opportunity to see his own story.
When: July 10, 2022 28 augustus 2022
- Open on:
- Monday 13:30 17:30
- Tuesday 13:30 17:30
- Wednesday 13:30 17:30
- Thursday 13:30 17:30
- Friday 13:30 17:30
- Saturday 13:30 17:30
- Sunday 9:30 17:30