Prof. Ablade Glover (Ghanaian, born 1934) 'Market'

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Lot 65
Prof. Ablade Glover
(Ghanaian, born 1934)
'Market'

Sold for £ 9,750 (US$ 12,944) inc. premium

Africa Now

21 May 2014, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Prof. Ablade Glover (Ghanaian, born 1934)
'Market'
dated '95' (lower right)
oil on canvas
100 x 150cm (39 3/8 x 59 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • Professor Ablade Glover was trained in Ghana, Britain and United States. He has accumulated numerous distinctions which demonstrate his importance as an artist and enthusiastic educator on the national and international art scene. It is generally contested that contemporary Ghanaian art developed in response to the introduction of Western concepts at the start of the nineteenth century. As this genre of art has developed, an aesthetic acculturation of complex African representations and inspirations fused with western modes of artistic expression, has emerged. Professor Ablade Glover follows the first generation of Ghanaian artists, post-independence, who explored African urban subjects in a more realistic vein, linking the state of Ghana to a mythological past of African tradition.

    Market places, lorry parks, shanty towns and other urban spaces, crowded with ordinary people are regular themes explored by Glover. His artworks demonstrate the natural connection of the traditional African and modern Western styles. Glover's use of colour and the textural qualities in his works, call to mind the brightly-coloured and textured Ghanaian fabrics and textiles. The paint is applied boldly as thick impasto, worked by deft strokes of the palette knife into a type of thick carpet of glowing light and shade. Market is both an abstract epiphany of colour and a detailed rendition of reality.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    J.Castellote, Contemporary Nigerian Art in Lagos Private Collections (Ibadan, 2012), pp.14 & 89
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