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THE PAINTER


Ablade Glover, born Emmanuel Ablade Glover, (b. 1934, Accra, Ghana) is retired professor of Art Education trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States. Professor Ablade Glover, NDD, ATD, MEd, PhD, FRSA, FGA, has accumulated a number of distinctions, which show his importance as an artist and enthusiastic educator on the national and international art scene. Until 1994 he was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Art Education and Dean of the College of Art at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. More recently, in 1998, he was awarded the FLAGSTAR Award (top award for Arts in Ghana) by the ACRAG in Ghana; Distinguished AFGRAD Alumni Award by the African-American Institute in New York, and he is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London. He is also listed in "Who's Who in the World", "Dictionary of Contemporary International Artists" and "Who's Who in Art and Antiques."

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THE PAINTER'S ARTWORK


Ablade Glover, one of Ghana’s foremost painters, reveals in his work his lifelong passion for life, activity and colour. Using warm pigments expressive of the sun and heat of his country, Glover depicts vibrant scenes that mirror the exuberant variety of Africa; the bustling market stalls, the brightly-attired crowds and all the energy of Ghana.

Glover insists that oil painting has an integral part to play in the contemporary arts of Africa, both as a means of individual expression and as a potent medium in which to record and celebrate the visual richness of the continent. In the New African Life (Dec 1995) magazine, Anver Versi had this to say of a visit to Glover’s studio in Accra, “…there, hanging on the wall, was the whole market painted in throbbing, bright colours. When you looked at it for some time, the painting seemed to resolve into three dimensions and you could see, individual people walking about, trading, talking, laughing, and, I swear, I felt I could even hear the sounds of the market as well!”

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ARTIST ALLIANCE GALLERY

The hugely respected Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover established this renowned arts venue, which has become one of the most important of its kind in Ghana. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries, by established artists, such as Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes, whose paintings are reminiscent of Jean Michel Basquiat and Willem De Kooning, while others are by new and upcoming artists like Ebenezer Borlabie. Market, rural and urban scenes are interspersed with political satires – and naturally, there are also the shrouded figures and staccato crowd scenes by Glover himself. There are collectors’ pieces too: Asafo flags with appliquéd and embroidered symbols; ancient strip-woven Kente cloths by the Akan and Ewe; African masks of the type that inspired Picasso; and intricately carved furniture. Also on show are full-sized coffins in the shapes of crabs, running shoes and eagles. Everything is for sale. There’s a lovely pool out the back.

The Artists Alliance Gallery is a gem of a gallery full to the brim with artistic expression Gallery has been instrumental in bringing to worldwide attention traditional and contemporary African Art. The gallery dates back to the sixties, when Ablade Glover a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, envisioned a place for contemporary African Art in Ghana and the World Art scene. The company started as GLO ART GALLERY at Osu (Ghana) in 1968, it emerged in 1993 as Artists Alliance Gallery in Nungua a suburb of Accra, after Ablade's retirement from lecturing. The Artists Alliance Gallery took off to a great start but challenges set in due to logistical reasons, population growth and locational factors made it impractical to operate the gallery and attract customers. Hence, the relocation to the new Artists Alliance Gallery-La, which was officially, opened on January 8th, 2008 by his Excellency Busumuro Kofi Annan. Artists Alliance Gallery has been instrumental in bringing to worldwide attention traditional and contemporary African Art.
 
The gallery’s objective, is to provide a source to African art. Buying art direct from the artist. Our mission is to provide Art connoisseurs with authentic African Art and services of superior value to our customers worldwide. We invest a great deal of time and commitment to ensure that the artists and artwork we present are authentic, fairly priced, and created with high quality materials to ensure their longevity.

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