<strong>Ablade Glover</strong>, <em>Lorry Station (Oh! Boys!)</em> (detail), 2017. 
Oil on canvas, 122 x 152.5 cm.<strong>Ablade Glover</strong>, <em>Red People III</em> (detail), 2017. Oil on canvas, 122 x 152.5 cm.<strong>Ablade Glover</strong>,  <em>Green People</em> (detail), 2019. Oil on canvas, 122 x 152.5 cm.

ABLADE GLOVER

Ablade Glover.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet, 2009.
Ablade Glover, Carnival I, 2014.
Oil on canvas, 153 x 153 cm.


Trained in Ghana, the UK, and the USA, Ablade Glover has accumulated many distinctions that underline his significance as an artist and educator, both in Ghana and across the international art scene. Glover’s work reveals his vibrant passion for life, activity and colour. Using warm impastoed pigments to express the sun and heat of his country, Glover depicts animated landscapes that mirror the exuberant diversity of Africa: its bustling market stalls, brightly attired crowds, and the dynamic energy that is Ghana.

October Gallery first showed the distinctive canvases of Ablade Glover in 1982, in one of the first shows at the Gallery of an artist from the continent of Africa. In 2019, his ninth solo exhibition at the Gallery Wogbe Jeke - We Have Come a Long Way, opened to celebrate his 85th birthday. The universality of Glover’s work is reflected in the breadth and variety of his collectors. His work can be found in collections such as the Imperial Palace Collection, Tokyo, Japan; UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France; Africa First Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel; and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, USA. He has been exhibited extensively in West Africa; Europe; the USA; and Japan. Glover also occupies a major position in Ghana’s contemporary art scene, as Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Artists Alliance Gallery in Accra, Ghana.


 

SELECTED WORKS





 

ABLADE GLOVER

Born in 1934, Accra, Ghana. Lives and works in Accra, Ghana.
Selected solo exhibitions
2019   Ablade Glover: Wogbe Jeke - We Have Come a Long Way, October Gallery, London, UK
Professor Ablade Glover: The Last 20 Years and Beyond, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana
Ablade Glover, LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
2017   JPK Gallery, Paris, France
2016   INDIVISIBLE: Ablade Glover, Christopher Moller Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2014   Ablade Glover: 80th Anniversary, October Gallery, London, UK
2013   Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE, with Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
2009   Ablade Glover: 75th Anniversary, October Gallery, London, UK
2001   Ablade Glover: New Works by the Renowned Ghanaian Artist, October Gallery, London, UK
2000   Galerie Arts Pluriels, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
1999    Ablade Glover: New Works, October Gallery, London, UK
1998    City Hall, Toronto and City Hall, Hamilton, Canada (touring) 
1995    Ablade Glover, October Gallery, London, UK 
1991    Biz Art Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland 
1990   Galerie Arts Pluriels, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
1989   British Council, Accra, Ghana 
1987   Ablade Glover: Recent Oil Paintings, October Gallery, London, UK 
1986   Galerie Go, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe 
1984   UCLA International Students Centre, Los Angeles, USA
Ablade Glover, October Gallery, London, UK
1983   The Commonwealth Institute, London, UK
1982   Hotel Mammy Yoko, Freetown, Sierra Leone Africa Centre, London, UK
Ablade Glover, October Gallery, London, UK
1980   National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos, Nigeria National Theatre, Lagos, Nigeria
Selected group exhibitions
2019   Dream No Small Dream: Celebrating 40 Years of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
2017   Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK 
2016   Winter Collective 2016/2017, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Art16, London, UK with October Gallery, London, UK 
2015   Africa Africans, Museu Afro Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK, with October Gallery, London, UK 
2014   1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK, with October Gallery, London, UK 
2012   Transmission Part 2, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2011   Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
2010   I See You, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2009   Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
2008   Visions & Dreams, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
Spring Show, October Gallery, London, UK 
1999    The Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
1998   Colours of Africa, City Civic Center Hamilton, Toronto and Winnipeg, Canada (touring) 
1997   IFA Gallery, Bonn, Germany 
1995   Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (touring)
1993   French Cultural Centre, Cotonou, Benin
Six African Artists, October Gallery, London, UK
1992   WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland
1989   World Bank Art Society, Washington D.C., USA
1985   Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA
Selected Collections

AAI African-American Institute Head Office, New York, USA
Africa Centre, London, UK
Ashanti Goldfields Company Headquarters, Accra, Ghana
Arts Council of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd., Accra, Ghana
Commonwealth Foundation, London, UK
Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Accra, Ghana
ICC International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, California, USA
Kosmos Energy, Texas, USA
Mobil Oil Ghana Ltd., Accra, Ghana
National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos, Nigeria
National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
O'Hare International Airport (mural), Chicago, USA
Ohio State University International House, Columbus, USA
Royal Collection of Prince and Princess Takamado, Tokyo, Japan
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Ltd., Accra, Ghana
Tullow Oil PLC, London, UK
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France Visiting Arts, London, UK
World Bank, Washington D. C., USA

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