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Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London

Ablade Glover
B. 1934
CARNIVAL I
signed (centre right)
oil on canvas
151.5 by 151.5cm., 59¾ by 59¾in.
Painted in 2014
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Provenance

October Gallery, London, UK
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Carnival I is a vibrant oil painting by established Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover. It is part of his series of carnival themed paintings which illustrates a festive crowd parading through a city. With short brushstrokes in the hues of red, yellow, white and blue, Carnival I offers the signature techniques that Glover is known for.

Glover's fascination with movement and colourful energy is evident in the palette knife application of thick impasto layers. In his abstraction of the crowd scenes, Glover draws the eye to the gestures of jagged movements accentuated by bursts of colour. He explores the theme of crowds in his body of work, within various scenes at marketplaces, city centres, beaches, bus stations and busy streets. 

Ablade Glover has been exhibited by numerous institutions over a career spanning 50 years. These include Studio Museum in Harlem and the World Bank Art Society. His works have also been collected by the Commonwealth Foundation, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, National Gallery of Modern Art in Lagos, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and UNESCO Headquarters, among others.

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London