Popularity of Ghana art prompts calls for a national gallery
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Popularity of Ghana art prompts calls for a national gallery

Paintings and sculptures are displayed at one of the showrooms inside the Artist Alliance Gallery in Accra. Accra VETERAN artist Ablade Glover measures spaces on a canvas with a palette knife, then dabs on vibrant blue paint while the morning light pours into his Accra studio. The 84-year-old artist, educator and founder of the Artists Alliance Gallery in Ghana’s capital has won national and international recognition for his work. He set up the gallery 25 years ago and moved it to its current location, a three-storey building on the beachfront 11 years ago. The premises are open to the public, offering local people and tourists the chance to see contemporary art, mostly from Ghana itself. When Glover started out, there was little support for local artists and most needed to hold down day jobs to make a living. But in recent years there has been a huge swing. More artists are making a living from their work as a result of galleries like Glover’s, festivals, collectors and art professionals. Ghana vs Picasso One of Glover’s works hangs in Seth Dei’s private gallery, on a quiet street in a leafy suburb of Accra. The 73-year-old businessman has been an avid […]

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