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Profile: Ablade Glover  (Ghana)

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Market Lanes, 1994, Oil on Canvas, 76 x 102 cm

Ablade Glover, NDD, DA, ATD, MED., Ph.D., FRSA is perhaps the foremost Ghanaian artist alive today. Trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States he has exhibited widely around the world and has made a unique contribution both to the African and the international art worlds. His conviction that oil painting has a significant place in the contemporary art of the African continent (despite having been associated with a rigid control of the aesthetic curricula of most African countries by the colonial powers) has led to the creation of a unique style that defines the cutting edge of  African art. Pre-eminent amongst his peers, his influence upon later generations of  West African artists has been further increased by his founding of the Artists Alliance Gallery, in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, which continues to be a fertile source for the production and exhibition of the best in contemporary African art.

Professor Glover's paintings radiate both movement and colour. Using a palette knife in place of a brush, and starting with simple shapes, his paintings accumulate weight by a process of repetition, to create surprisingly dynamic images out of seemingly static planes. "This is the only way that I can communicate directly and register my feelings spontaneously," he says. The paintings at close quarters are brilliantly executed essays in uncontrolled abstraction; but the seemingly chaotic tangle of colours, as one retreats from the canvas to take a longer look, suddenly come into a magical focus that celebrates - and beautifully captures, as in the market scene above - the rich vibrancy of an entire continent of colours.

British Airways World Cargo are to be official sponsors of an exhibition of Ablade Glover's work at the October Gallery in 2001.

To see works by Professor Glover held in the October Gallery colllection click here and here.

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