By Tajudeen Sowole
As Ghanaian master, Prof Ablade Glover marks his 80th birthday next month, October Gallery, one of the leading art galleries of modern and contemporary art in the U.K. will take a leading role.
The gallery, according to its Press and Media manager,
Alana Pryce Tojcic will celebrate Glover’s art. Pryce Tojcic describes Glover’s art as a “fascination with the warm energy of Ghana; from images of bustling market places to tranquil landscapes - experience the exuberant variety of Africa.”
The exhibition starts with July 2 private viewing and continues the next day, ending in August, 2014.
In a statement, the October Gallery describes the planned-exhibition for Glover as “celebrating a lifelong passion for the colour, energy and vibrancy of his native Ghana.”
The artist, according to gallery will exhibit a selection of his works which represent “insatiable passion for movement, activity and colour.”
Glover’s work is well known in Nigeria for skilful application of the palette knife on canvas. From art galleries through art auctions, his work has been well appreciated on the Lagos art scene.
October Gallery notes his application of oils in impasto and “heavy layers of bright colours” that invoke “the bustling crowds, the heat, thriving market stalls and dusty shanty towns of his acclaimed market paintings.”
On the artist’s rendition of figures, the gallery states: “Individual figures emerge from the crowds and it is this endless movement of the masses which underpins Glover’s market scenes. The roughly textured surfaces of his canvases recall an earth parched by the powerful African sun.”
Among the features of Glover that thrills collectors, is perhaps what October Gallery describes as his choice of vibrant colours expressing the visual richness of the African continent,
“Glover amasses energy from his subjects. Every singular vivid fleck of colour represents the vigour recognisable in each of his works. Drawing themes from his environment, Glover effortlessly transports the viewer into the scene. Often the perspective that Glover employs is from a high vantage point overlooking the town, beach or crowd below. From this position, the viewer becomes an involved and captivated onlooker.
“Based both in abstraction and realism, the effect of each of the works is dependent on the viewer’s proximity. Seen closely, the works settle on the eye in array of lively colours. However, if viewed at a further distance, the abstract shapes resolve themselves through sophisticated painterly sensation as faces, figures and busy market scenes. These sudden shifts in focus enhance Glover’s clear success as a multitalented artist.”
Born in Accra in 1934, Glover occupies a significant place in Ghana’s contemporary art scene as both Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Artists Alliance Gallery. Trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States, Dr. Glover has accumulated a number of distinctions, which underline his significance as an artist and enthusiastic educator both in Ghana and on the international art scene. The universality of Glover’s work is reflected in the breadth and variety of his collectors. His work can be found in such diverse public and private collections around the world as the Imperial Palace Collection of Japan, the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport amongst others. He has exhibited extensively in West Africa, Europe, the USA and Japan. A recipient of the distinguished AFGRAD Alumni Award by the African-American Institute in New York, he is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London.