Professor Ablade Glover was born in Accra, Ghana in 1934. Trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States, Dr. Glover is an established artist and acclaimed educator who has made an enormous contribution to art worldwide.
He has accumulated a number of distinctions, which show his importance as an artist and enthusiastic educator in the Ghana 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. In 1998, he was awarded the FLAGSTAR Award (top award for Arts in Ghana) by the Art Critic and Reviews Association of Ghana – ACRAG – he has also obtained the distinguished alumni award from the African-American Institute in New York. Ablade Glover founded the Artist’s Alliance Gallery in Accra, which in addition to showing his own work also functions as a supporting environment for other artists of Ghana.
His paintings are shaped by brightly coloured oil paints that Ablade applies with a spatula, which gives them a rich texture and a singular dynamic. Thus, his impressive urban landscapes attract viewers and almost invite them to step in and become part of the bustling scene. He has carried out myriad studies of the women of Ghana, which suggest a certain fascination and reverence. His palette sweetens when he paints women, producing canvases that are brimming with self-confidence, elegance and power, with a subtle touch of humour.