Seated Figures

Ablade Glover (Ghanaian, b. 1934)
circa 1970
Oil on canvas
Work : 24 x 35 3/4 in. (60.96 x 90.81 cm)
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Gift of Bruce Haight
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Trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States, Ablade Glover is a pioneering figure in modern Ghanaian art. He is best known for his semi-abstract images of market crowds and other groups of figures that are roughly rendered in thick paint using a palette knife instead of a brush. The subject of this painting is not firmly identified, but it resembles a larger body of Glover’s paintings that depict Muslims gathered together for worship. From 1974 to 1994, Glover taught painting at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he rose to become a department head and eventually dean of one of the colleges. Since he retired in 1994, Glover has dedicated himself to painting and to promoting contemporary visual art in West Africa.

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