Lovers of visual arts recently gathered in Lagos to celebrate Ghana-born painter, Ablade Glover. The 88 years old artist was in Nigeria to share from his wealth of experience. A solo exhibition titled, ‘The passage of Time’ and curated by Dozie Igweze kicked off the event on December 4, and will end on Sunday, December 18, 2022.
Glover, who is a contemporary of veteran Nigerian artists such as Bruce Onobrakpeya and Kolade Oshinowo. Glover presented 45 works of his, which spanned 15 years, at the exhibition. The works were presented in successions including markets, a group which his mother once belonged to, people, and forests.
The exhibition also featured the unveiling of a book written on the artist. The book titled, ‘Crowd and Queens: The Art of Ablade Glover’ was written by Dozie Igweze.
On how long it took him to write the book, Igweze told Merrymakers, “It took three years. I had to have interviews with him, and putting together the pictures, which is a crucial part of it. We got the pictures together and we start to decide which would make the final cut. The first person who did photography was essentially more of a fashion photographer, which meant that his instinct was to make the surfaces smooth and beautiful. At a point, we had to start over again. It was a bit of a back and forth until we eventually got it right.”