Ategwa, Ajarb Bernard
Born in 1988 in Kumba, Cameroon
Lives and works in Douala, Cameroon
Cameroon’s largest city, Douala, remains a site of international influences embedded in its history, or more recently, hosting an influx of migrants from within the country, as well as from its neighbouring regions. Shaping Douala into the vibrant and colourful metropolis that it is today, its evolving landscape is a major source of inspiration for Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, whose paintings form a constellation within a larger narrative based on the chaos of his hometown. Shifting between taxi stands, newsagents, roadside markets and fleeting moments of calm, Ategwa’s scenes, distinctly rendered in a vibrant colour palette, act as candid snapshots of everyday life. With finesse, Ategwa brings together the sights, sounds and smells of the street to create a rich sensory immersion. From within the chaos of urbanity, emerges a distilled sense of flow, rhythm and peace. Exhibitions include Dialogue of Colours, Espace Doual’art, Douala (2018) and Cameroun, une vision contemporaine, World Bank, Yaoundé (2016).
Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Aunty Mercy, 2020, Acrylic on paper, 92 x 64 cm. Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery.