- El Hadji Sy
(b Bambey Departement, 1926).
Senegalese painter. He began painting on paper with pigments obtained from plants, but in his 20s he discovered glass painting in Kaolack and has since developed that medium. After working with Gora Mbengue, he began to use pen and India ink to create drawings that he later traced to glass. In the late 1980s he and Mbengue collaborated on a series of paintings dealing with the slave trade. Like many other glass painters, he produced images of daily life, portraits—especially of women—and religious scenes of Mouridism, an Islamic religious brotherhood. Amadou Bamba’s Imprisonment in Dakar (1993; Tervuren, Kon. Mus. Mid.-Afrika) depicts the emergence of Cheikh Amadu Bamba (1850–1927), the founder of the Mourides, from his prison cell. Unusually, Gueye produces pieces in both full colour and in black and white. In 1994 he was working in Dakar, where he and several apprentices produced images from a repertoire of over 300 designs....