Brussels Gallery Weekend: A Performance Affair, 7-9 September 2018

8. A Performance Affair. Selected-exhibtors

A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR, THE NEW PLATFORM DEDICATED TO THE ECONOMIES OF PERFORMANCE ART is presenting a myriad of performances for sale by emerging and mid-career artists and featuring Violent Incident, an historic performance video by Bruce Nauman, an auctioned immaterial work by Philippe Parreno, an interactive performance installation by Greg Finger– A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR will put the whole spectrum of the economies of performance art on display and for discussion.

A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR ANNOUNCES ITS LIST OF PARTICIPANTS FOR THE PANOPTICON EDITION– ACTIVATING THE PANOPTICON:

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The Panopticon, A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR’s first edition, transforms the second floor of the Vanderborght Building into an immersive space for three days of performances in collaboration with the Brussels Gallery Weekend (7 to 9 September 2018).

Inspired by the notion of the Panopticon and the building’s unique architecture, continuous and overlapping performance works by international artists will be presented throughout the dynamic venue.

7. Alice Anderson “Lost Gestures_ performative drawings © Alice Anderson Studio

Alice Anderson “Lost Gestures’ performative drawings © Alice Anderson Studio

 

A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR is a new Brussels based association with international outreach dedicated to performance art. Set up as a not-for-profit organisation, APA is an evolving structure that brings together artists, galleries, collectors and institutions to research and discuss current tendencies in performance art and the economic structures around it. A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR is not another art fair, but a flexible stage aimed at stimulating the acquisition of performance while finding solutions for its development and sustainability.  Events are open to the public and free of charge.

A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR is powered by Liv Vaisberg_ Office for Art & Design and Will Kerr acurated.space.

A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION Follows:

A wrap-up event at the end of the first edition of A PERFORMANCE AFFAIR: The Panopticon Edition, the round table encourages participants, key players as well as any interested member of the public to discuss some keys questions driving the development of collecting performance art.

While there has been considerable attention around collecting performance in recent years, it remains a niche activity with narratives primarily circulating around a few key artists and collections. The round table is an opportunity for the speakers, participants in APA and members of the public to exchange and explore the conditions that need to be created to make a broader market around performance art.

Some key questions–

What commercial frameworks and strategies exist for selling, circulating and conserving performance art, and what do they have in common with those of more traditional art objects, and where do they differ? What other strategies exist for the support of performance art? What might we learn from making comparisons with economies that
exist around disciplines such as dance, music and theatre? What status do props, drawing, photography and other documentation hold, and how are they presented in relation to the live act, within market contexts and collections–both public and private?

When and Where:
Sunday 9 September, 14:00
In APA Bureau
Vanderborght Building, 2nd floor,
rue de L’Ecuyer 50 Schildknaapstraat – 1000 Brussels – Belgium
For more information, please contact: info@aperformanceaffair.com

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The Drawing Academy Online Course and Art Community

silverpoint portrait, Vladimir London

silverpoint portrait, Vladimir London

 

Drawing Academy is the online drawing course and art community where art students from all over the world can learn how to draw in comfort of their homes, rely on art teachers’ support, get critiques on their artworks, publish their art online and get feedback from fellow students and website visitors. You can learn how to draw whatever you see or imagine with this online Drawing Course and with the benefit of the support of The Drawing Academy’s Art Community.

Drawing Academy was founded and is led by professional fine artists and art teachers, introduced to you in this video–

 

 

Even if you have already attended art school for your BFA or MFA you likely could use more time and attention focused on your drawing practice. Perhaps you always wanted to try silver point drawing techniques, or you are interested in exploring ancient art theories.  Many of the Drawing Academy drawing lessons are advanced and have a European or classical focus, such as Drawing Lesson 24, Part 1, on the golden proportions of a human body and universal principles present in nature, science, and art. You can watch a free video lessons here to help you decide if this course is for you.

The course includes free downloads of art books and albums, such as the ancient art book dating from 1532, Albrecht Durer – De Symmetria

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In the Art Community you can ask tutors questions, write articles about classical art and get the drawing course free, and enter Drawing Academy art competitions. What this short video on what makes the Drawing Academy Unique and how to enroll–

 

This drawing course is focusing on teaching traditional drawing skills that are no longer covered in depth in contemporary art colleges. The Drawing Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental principles of constructive drawing, linear and aerial perspective, golden proportions, rules of composition, human anatomy, and even some almost lost techniques of the Old Masters like Gold- and Silver-point drawing that is not taught in any other art institutions. These fundamental rules and know-how of drawing give art student ability to draw whatever they see, think or imagine.

I contacted Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor, here’s what he says:

“Improving drawing skills is not a project, it is a life-long process. That is why in our drawing course students get a lifetime membership. Drawing Academy is the only place where art students also receive a lifetime personal support from the Academy tutors. This support comes at no extra charge. I think you would agree that Drawing Academy is special.”

The Drawing Academy’s teaching method is based on the principle “Draw what you know, not what you see”. This is especially important when drawing human figures and portraits. Without necessary understanding of a human anatomy for artists and the knowledge of constructive drawing principles, figurative artworks from life or imagination would always end up looking amateurish.

To help students to achieve success, Drawing Academy tutors show on their own example how to draw proficiently. All 45 video lessons demonstrate the complete step-by-step creation process from a blank piece of paper to a finished artwork. There are also multiple bonus videos, art books and albums provided in addition to the main Drawing Academy curriculum.

To check what this drawing course is about, you can subscribe for a FREE Drawing Academy demo here.

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The art of Psychedelia and LOVE by Tammie LaMountain

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The above LOVE painting is an example of text-based art by artist Tammie LaMountain.

American artist Tammie LaMountain creates mixed media artworks, paintings, photographs and drawings employing poetic and often metaphorical language. In her own artist statement, she tells us how she creates intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer around in circles. Her mixed media artworks appear as dreamlike images where fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse.

 

Simply Simple, Tammie LaMountain

Simply Simple, Tammie LaMountain

 

Time and memory always play a key role in her work. By applying abstraction, Tammie LaMountain finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes human vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking human who experiences a continuous loss. Her works isolate the movements of humans and objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound.

 

Liquid Dream, Tammy LaMountain

Liquid Dream, Tammie LaMountain

 

By experimenting with aleatoric processes, the artist formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works.

 

Resurrection, Tammie La Mountain

Resurrection, Tammie La Mountain

 

The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.

 

Behind Me, Tammie La Mountain

Behind Me, Tammie La Mountain

 

Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of seemingly certain reality is questioned.

 

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By choosing mainly formal solutions, Tammie LaMountain wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.

 

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Her works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections, combining unrelated aspects that lead to surprising analogies. By questioning the concept of movement, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. Her works doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

Tammie LaMountain currently lives and works in the US city of Los Angeles, California.

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Skull Art Paintings, Drawings and Prints of Michelle Staton

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Michelle Staton is a young artist at work in her studio full-time seven days a week. We’re sharing selected paintings, drawings, and prints by Michelle in this article and you can view more of her work on her website here.

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Michelle is originally from southern California but grew up as a “military brat” living all over the United States. She now lives in a brownstone in Brooklyn, New York.

Michelle Staton at work in her studio

Michelle Staton at work in her studio

Michele actualizes her vision in acrylic paint on canvas, and we also love her linoleum cut prints and drawings.

Still life, Michelle Staton, linoleum cut print edition of 5

Still life, Michelle Staton, linoleum cut print edition of 5

Michelle has exhibited her work in numerous group shows and many of her art pieces remain in private art collections. Her public art work was placed on permanent display in the Florida State Capitol Buildings. In 2010, she had a solo exhibition in Coconut Grove, Florida in conjunction with the Coconut Grove Art Stroll, displaying over sixteen of her artworks in the transformed Dharma Studio space for the evening along with live music and cocktails.

3D ink hear, Michelle Staton, mixed media drawing

3D ink hear, Michelle Staton, mixed media drawing

 

In addition to her skull art, Michelle has a series of large scale flowers and tropical plant paintings in provocative colors. Her style incorporates glazing and hands-on finger painting techniques to produce texture and depth in her flower petals, such as in her painting titled Irises.

Irises, Michelle Staton

Irises, Michelle Staton

One of Michelle’s interests includes an exploration of how glazing and layers affect light on the subject in her paintings.

Tropical, Michelle Staton

Tropical, Michelle Staton

Michelle Staton developed her business sense academically. After attending Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and receiving admission to both Harvard and Ringling School of Art and Design to study fine art, Michelle decided to pursue a career in business by completing her bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She has five years experience as a professional accountant, and applied her business sense to creative arts, founding Scarlet Art Studios which explores custom UV reactive and couture clothing, as well as offering other crafty interpretations of everyday objects.

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Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Albert Dorgbadzi of Ghana

A Gold Model, Albert Dorgbadzia

A Gold Model, Albert Dorgbadzi

Chat with African artist Albert Dorgbadzi of Ghana to discuss your portrait ideas (CONTACT the artist via Email: dalbertnunya@gmail.com Telephone: +233570254543 (Office hours, UTC +00:00). Find artist Albert Dorgbadzi on Facebook here.

Do you want him to create your portrait drawing on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist. Select your reference photos or create a new selfie.

Drawing Me, Albert Dorgbadzia

Drawing Me, Albert Dorgbadzi

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and he will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

Gabrielle Union, Albert Dorgbadzi

Gabrielle Union, Albert Dorgbadzi

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, an artwork created on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

portrait drawing by Albert Dorgbadzi

portrait drawing by Albert Dorgbadzi

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Albert Dorgbadzi packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

A Glimpse, ALbert Dorgbadzi

A Glimpse, Albert Dorgbadzi

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Elias Mung’ora

Africana II, Elias Mung'ora

Africana II, Elias Mung’ora

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Elias Mung’ora of Kenya to discuss portrait ideas (CONTACT the artist via Email: eliasmungora@gmail.com ). Find artist Elias Mung’ora on Facebook here.

Do you want him to create your portrait as a drawing on paper or a painting on canvas? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Portrait drawing by Elias Mung'ora

Portrait drawing by Elias Mung’ora

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and he will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Africana I, Elias Mung'ora

Africana I, Elias Mung’ora

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

Portrait of Young Girl, Elias Mung'ora

Portrait of Young Girl, Elias Mung’ora

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, a painting on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Elias Mung’ora packages and ships your finished portrait to you.

We love this fabulously unconventional portrait painting of a Raggae musician!

Africana III, Elias Mungora

Africana III, Elias Mung’ora

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Ofosu Warteng Emmanuel

Beautiful Old Man, Ofosu Warteng Emmanuel

Beautiful Old Man, Ofosu Warteng Emmanuel

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Ofosu Warteng Emmanuel of Ghana to discuss portrait ideas ( CONTACT the artist via Email: artistshaggy@yahoo.com  Office hours, UTC +01:00 ). Find artist Ofosu Warteng Emmanuel on Facebook here.

Do you want him to create your portrait drawing on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and she will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, while one on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Ofosu Warteng Emmanuel packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

portrait drawing by Ofosu

portrait drawing by Ofosu Warteng Emmanuel

 

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Richard Machomba

portrait of African model by Richard Machomba

portrait of African model by Richard Machomba

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Richard Machomba to discuss portrait ideas (CONTACT via email: rmachomba@gmail.com ). Find artist Richard Machomba on Facebook here.

African model by Richard Machomba

African model by Richard Machomba

Do you want him to create your portrait painting on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and he will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Innocense of youth, Richard Machomba

Innocence of youth, Richard Machomba

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

portrait by Richard Machomba

portrait by Richard Machomba

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, a work on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date, such as for a gift for Valentines Day, for which you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Richard Machomba packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

portrait of African model by Richard Machomba

portrait of African model by Richard Machomba

 

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Waweru Gichuhi

portrait painting by Waweru Gichuchiri

portrait painting by Waweru Gichuhi

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Waweru Gichuhi to discuss portrait ideas (CONTACT DETAILS. Email waweroh@gmail.com. Telephone: +254 728 667 822 Office hours, UTC +02:00 ). Find artist Waweru Gichuhi on Facebook here.

portrait painting by Waweru Guichi

portrait painting by Waweru Gichuhi

Do you want him to create your portrait painting on canvas or drawing on paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and he will send you a work-in-progress photo!

double portrait drawing by Waweru Gichuchi

double portrait drawing by Waweru Gichuhi

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, a painting on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Waweru Gichuhi packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

portrait painting by Waweru Ch

portrait painting by Waweru Gichuhi

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Enam Bosokah

Enam Bosokah ink drawing portrait

Enam Bosokah ink drawing portrait

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Enam Bosokah to discuss portrait ideas (CONTACT  Email: bosokah@gmail.com  Telephone: +233 245 144 754 (Office hours, UTC +01:00) ). Find artist Enam Bosokah on Facebook here.

Enam Bosokah portrait in progress

Enam Bosokah portrait in progress

Do you want him to create your portrait painting on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so she can get to work and she will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Portrait, ballpoint pen ink drawing, Enam Bosokah, Ghana

Portrait, ballpoint pen ink drawing, Enam Bosokah, Ghana

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

portrait ink drawing by Enam Bosokah

portrait ink drawing by Enam Bosokah

While a portrait ink drawing on paper may require less time to complete, an artwork on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

commemorative portrait ink drawing by Enam Bosokah

commemorative portrait ink drawing by Enam Bosokah

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Enam Bosokah packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

portrait of pretty little girl by Enam Bosokah

portrait of pretty little girl by Enam Bosokah

 

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Jeffery Appiatu

portrait drawing by Jeffery Appiatu

portrait drawing by Jeffery Appiatu

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Jeffery Appiatu of Ghana to discuss portrait ideas (Email Jeffery Appiatu at: appiatusk@yahoo.com  Telephone: +233 502 718 767 Office hours, UTC +01:00 ). Find artist Jeffery Appiatu on Facebook here and visit his Terror Art blog here.

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Do you want him to create your portrait on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and he will send you a work-in-progress photo along the way!

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Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

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While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, an artwork on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Jeffery Appiatu packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

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How to Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Tangwan Elice

Beautiful Lady, Portrait Drawing by Tangwan Elice

Beautiful Lady, Portrait Drawing by Tangwan Elice

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Tangwan Elice in Cameroon about your portrait ideas (email Elice Tangwan <tangwanelice@gmail.com> or telephone +237 76 30 77 42  Office hours, UTC +01:00 ). View the portfolio of artist Tangwan Elice on Facebook here.

Untainted Beauty, portrait drawing by Tangwan Elice

Untainted Beauty, portrait drawing by Tangwan Elice

Do you want him to create your portrait on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Tangwan Elice portrait drawing in progress

Tangwan Elice portrait drawing in progress

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and he will send you a work-in-progress photo!

completed portrait by Tangwan Elice

completed portrait by Tangwan Elice

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

drawing by Tangwan Elice

drawing by Tangwan Elice

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete than a painting on canvas, some drawings of larger size will take several weeks. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

portrait drawing by Tangwan Elice

portrait drawing by Tangwan Elice

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Tangwan Elice packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

portrait drawing of boy by Tangway Elice

portrait drawing of boy by Tangwan Elice

 

How to Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Kwesi Botchway

Kwesi Botchway at work in his studio on portrait of young girl

Kwesi Botchway at work in his studio on portrait of girl

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Kwesi Botchway to discuss portrait ideas (email Kwesi Botchway gut1kwesi@gmail.com ). Find artist Kwesi Botchway on Facebook here.

Kwesi Botchway portrait painting in progress

Kwesi Botchway portrait painting in progress

Do you want this artist to create your portrait painting on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Kwesi Botchway drawing in progress and reference photo

Kwesi Botchway drawing in progress and reference photo

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and she will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Kwesi Botchway portrait drawing of 3 ladies

Kwesi Botchway portrait drawing of 3 ladies

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

Kwesi Botchway painting

Kwesi Botchway painting

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, a painting on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Kwesi Botchway painting of boy on bicycle

Kwesi Botchway painting of boy on bicycle

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Kwesi Botchway packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

Kwesi Botchway blue ink drawing in progress

Kwesi Botchway blue ink drawing in progress

Kwesi Botchway at work on his painting titled The Joker

Kwesi Botchway at work on his painting titled The Joker

Commission Your Affordable Portrait From African Artist Peter Asare

Peter Asare portrait

Peter Asare portrait

Select your portrait reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Peter Asare to discuss portrait ideas (email Asare Peter manlyricaca@yahoo.co.uk ). Check out the artist’s Facebook page here and Portraits africa portfolio here.

Peter ASare double portrait of mother and child

Peter Asare double portrait of mother and child

Do you want Peter to create your portrait painting on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work and he will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Peter Asare portrait

Peter Asare portrait

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

Peter Asare double portrait drawing

Peter Asare double portrait drawing

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, a painting on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Peter Asare double portrait drawing

Peter Asare double portrait drawing

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Peter Asare packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

Peter Asare portrait

Peter Asare portrait

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–represents Peter Asare and many other African artists. Contact Portraits Africa via email: editor@negativeentropy.net

creative portrait art by Peter Asare

creative portrait art by Peter Asare

Peter Asare produces one-of-a-kind highly realistic portraits of people of all ages and he will create a portrait to please you.

Peter Asare's Del Cara Arrugada

Peter Asare’s portrait titled Del Cara Arrugada

 

Submit Your Art to Jung Katz Art Blog for #Artist Feature

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I’ve posted about Jung Katz before. I like them because they actively promote the artists they feature, and you’ll find drawing, paintings, photographic art, collage and other media on the Jung Katz blog. Recently, I encountered Jung Katz art tweets–follow them on Twitter here–that took me to their site.

From the Jung Katz art blog:

We’re looking for original artists, designers, and photographers to feature on our site.

Jung Katz contemporary art blog is accepting artist submissions for feature artist interviews.

Read the Jung Katz submission guidelines here.

Nigerian Artist Gideon Fasola’s *Tiny Breaks* in the Duality of His Self-Portrait

Face of Me, Gideon Fasola

Face of Me, Gideon Fasola

Last night I chatted with artist Gideon Fasola of Nigeria, who is one of the African artists represented by Amsterdam-based Dr. Keith McFarlane’s international Portraits Africa project.

Portraits Africa is all about the African artists they represent and the portrait art their artists create. All of the portrait art in the Portraits Africa artist portfolios help to brand the project and service. But none more so than African artist Gideon Fasola’s iconic self-portrait Face of Me, of which the artist says–“It’s the artwork that represents everything about my art.”

Gideon was one of the earliest to be curated into the Portraits Africa aka African Portraiture Service. The artist says that he appreciates every effort the service makes to promote his work and obtain commissions for him from clients around the world–“African Portraiture Service is a loving platform for African Artists, to me it’s like making a dream that seems impossible come true so unexpectedly soon to the dreamer.”

His Face of Me self-portrait is also used to help brand the @PortraitsAfrica Twitter account here.

You’ll notice that in this self-portrait (image above) there is a rough division down the center of the face, with the left side painted in color and the right side rendered in graphite pencil. Both sides demonstrate Gideon Fasola’s skill and ability in rendering realism in any media. He says, “I like to be free with my color and rendering, I don’t like following a strict way of painting. The graphite side is simply showing my pencil realism in like manner to the painting.”

Such duality of imagery carries much metaphorical meaning as well, referencing dualities in the life of every artist, while providing a visual summary of the Portraits Africa service of turning flesh and blood faces into drawings and paintings.

Yet Gideon Fasola’s work is not limited to realistic renderings–“I love good music, inspiring poetry and drawings that speaks, so rhythm, words and message always influence my artworks,” he says. “That is why my works are not limited to realism and hyperrealism portraiture and drawings that is common among African artists of this generation.”

The abstract aspects of Gideon Fasola’s self-portrait is in the texture and patterning, which he refers to as Araism. “The background represents two things about my art, the tiny break texture is Araism–a painting movement invented by a Nigerian artist Mufu Onifade. I became a disciple of the movement in 2013 and I am the first artist in the group that is using pencil to render the movement. The second thing on the background is my background pattern that I have been using for the background of my works since when I was in school 2008 till now.”

Gideon speaks the three major languages of Nigeria–Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa, and many dialects under them. He explains that, “Araism is derived from Yoruba (the language of the western Nigeria tribe).” From the word “Ara” which means “wonder.” As in, there is wonder and amazement in the viewer at the lines of “tiny breaks” that come together to create an art piece. Also, the word “Ara” means “thunder,” with the lines that strike across the surface of the artworks like lightning in a thunderstorm. “Ara” (in the Igbo language) can also mean a woman’s breast. Gideon explains that connotation as, “the way the artworks entice people and gives their delightful view and pleasurable experience is compared with womans breasts. So Araism is all African rooted, especially Yoruba.”

HOPE, Gideon Fasola

HOPE Gideon Fasola

His two imaginative works titled HOPE and Virtuous Woman very clearly articulate this “tiny break texture” of Araism–or as Gideon says– “Yes, this are some of my pure Araism works.”

Gideon Fasola

Virtuous Woman Gideon Fasola

Fasola explains that he first heard about the Araism movement while studying at The Polytechnic Ibadan, Eruwa Campus, Oyo State, Nigeria. “I first heard about Mufu Onifade at school, from one of my lecturers that is one year senior colleague of Mufu Onifade when they are art students. Mufu Onifade is a former student of my school, my campus, he graduated there 1988. I started searching for his name and possible contacts online after I heard about him and saw some of his works. After many trials, I was able to chat with him and talk to him on call. I saw him face to face for the first time when he invited me to the Araism Movement on the 10th of September 2013. It was after then that I joined the Araism movement with two Araism works that I submitted to him.”

The Adorable One, gideon Fasola

The Adorable One, Gideon Fasola

Gideon Fasola has created many portrait drawings and paintings. You can view more of Gideon Fasola’s art on his website, on his Facebook page, and on Portraits Africa here.

In the portrait above, the artist demonstrates his skill for working with the ink from blue, black and red ballpoint pens, common tools in Nigeria. He is especially fond of this ballpoint pen ink portrait of “my only niece, which I treasure as my daughter,” he has demonstrably titled The Adorable One.

Fasola also says that being an artist is a “humble career,” demonstrating his humility via encounters with “old wise artists who have made me a young man with an old mind.”  He recalls their advice–“An old artist once told me that art is in your brain and hand, to never let materials silence your expression, but to learn to use whatever can make a mark on a surface to express yourself.”

Gideon Fasola painting

Gideon Fasola painting

Fasola thinks that being an artist is “a gift, a privilege, I am not more worthy than other people to have the talent, so I’m using it like a precious gift given to me as undeserved kindness.”

He describes his painting, above, of laughing children– “It’s saying, if the poor can be happy then you can be happy against all odds if you choose to and if you have the right attitude the way you live your life.”

 

 

 

Two African Artists Commissioned to Bring Old Photograph Back to Life

Reference photo with visible crease damage

Reference photo with visible crease damage

The reference photo that African artists Seth Sketcher (aka Seth Odhimabo) of Nairobi, Kenya, and Gershon Kwaku Puregold of Accra, Ghana were both commissioned to work from, was a scan of the lost creased and damaged original. The man in the photo is the deceased father and father-in-law of an American couple living in Florida, Kane and Roger. “It was a great photograph of my father-in-law that was lost except for this bad scan of the original image,” said Roger. The couple particularly liked this image and wanted it reclaimed and preserved it in an original artwork. In fact, they commissioned two versions of this photograph–one from each of the two African artists.

To start the process, Roger says, “I commissioned a work with Seth Sketcher.  We started talking together client to artist and I asked him if he would do a nice drawing from a poor scan of a great photo of my father-in-law. He said “yes” and we discussed a price of $300.00 for a medium-sized work plus all shipping costs.” A similar arrangement was also made by contacting artist Gershon Kwaku Puregold.

According to Dr. Keith McFarlane, Founder and CEO of Portraits Africa–“Roger rather insisted on the literalness of these pieces, and on a complete rendering, for example, of the striped shirt. Left to their own devices the artists, Seth in particular would be rather less literal, and so the works illustrate the constraints that a commission can impose. But of course the creative balance of a client and a commission does bring a financial reward.”

Gideon Fasola completed portrait commission for Roger and Kane

Gershon Kwaku Puregold’s completed portrait commission for Kane and Roger, charcoal on archival paper, 54 x 63 cm (21 x 24  inches) Commissioned for $250 + $35 shipping and insurance from Africa to the USA

Dr. McFarlane also spoke of the two resulting drawings–“The comparison is interesting as it illustrates the differing sophistication and abstraction of the two artists (Gershon is the younger and less practiced). It also shows how an old photograph can be “brought to life” in the hands of a skilled artist.”

Seth Sketcher completed commission for Roger and Kane

Seth Odhiambo (Seth Sketcher) created this drawing for $300 + $35 shipping and insurance from Africa to the USA.

Another benefit to bringing an old damaged photo back to life as a drawing, is that the fine art quality of the paper stock that the artists use produces an image with longevity. For his drawing above, Gershon Kwaku Puregold used a heavy paper stock similar to a thick watercolor paper. Both Gershon and Seth Sketcher used Archival grade acid-free non-rag papers on which to create their drawings. These artworks will last for many generations of ownership and preserve the memory of this man within his family for many years to come.

Seth Sketcher at work from iPhone screen reference image

Seth Sketcher at work from iPhone screen reference image

Resulting commissioned artworks may be to any size! Here, in the photo above, Seth Sketcher in Nairobi, Kenya, is at work on the portrait drawing on paper which is 42 x 63 centimeters (16 x 24 inches).

Seth Sketcher and Gershon Kwaku Puregold are just two of the more than thirty artists available to produce your portrait on commission via Portraits Africa.

If you have questions about commissioning a Portraits Africa artist, contact Dr. Keith McFarlane via email:  editor@negativeentropy.net

The service is described in detail in the Portraits Africa brochure, Commissioning a Portrait.

 

 

Email Script: How to respond to creative inquiries

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Email Script: How to respond to creative inquiries

by Chris Wilson

As an artist, illustrator, designer, or any other visual freelancer, your inbox is part of your day-to-day. The emails you send and receive everyday can range anywhere from replying to creative inquiries, back and forth communication between you and a client on current freelance projects, negotiating your rate for your next freelance job, discussing revisions, getting paid on time, or simply sending a thank you.

Most of the time when artists send emails, they stick to these two email misconceptions:

1. Keeping emails short It’s okay to write long emails. Potential clients will read your entire email no matter how long it is ­ as long as it applies to them, it addresses their needs, and helps solve their problems.

2. Simply answering questions You may get creative inquiries where the only thing the sender is asking is, “How much do you charge?” But if you simply send a reply stating your rate, you’re not establishing the value behind why they should work with you. You’re just competing on price with a handful of other creatives they sent the same email to.

When you know how to write compelling emails, it means you’re able to effectively use key psychological principles with email in an authentic way that can grow your business. Resulting in emails that get opened, read, and replied to ­ even by the busiest creative decision makers.

However, the most powerful email script you can have in your tool belt is an effective reply to any creative inquiry. When you receive a creative inquiry, there is a multitude of things you have to ask yourself before you respond, but the three main ones are:

● Is this client qualified to work with me?

● Can they afford to pay your rates?

● Is this project aligned with my interests, style, and values?

The goal of all of your creative inquiry replies is to boost their confidence in hiring you by establishing the value you offer.

Here’s what an effective email response to a creative inquiry looks like ­-

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Subject:​Re: *LEAD NAME, let’s get started on your illustration

Hi *LEAD NAME,

Thanks for getting in touch with me, I’d be happy to help you with your magazine illustration. Recently, I *MENTION A RECENT PROJECT, CASE STUDY, OR ACCOMPLISHMENT [This “qualifier” is what generates confidence in hiring you.]

I’d love to chat with you about the possibility of doing the same at for you. I just need just a few more details about your project (timeline, intended usage, and a better understanding of your creative vision, etc.)

As you know, there are many possibilities for illustration ­- from a small black and white illustration to a full color spread. My illustration project rates start at *YOUR PROJECT RATE MINIMUM.

Do you have 10 minutes for a quick phone or Skype chat Wednesday at 11AM Pacific?

Thanks, *YOUR NAME

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Your goal in these beginning stages is to establish your value by mentioning a recent successful case study or accomplishment you’ve had on similar projects. This way you’ll avoid competing on price with the other creatives they sent email inquiries to.

Remember, the number one concern a potential client has when they are hiring a visual creative is ­ “Are they going to make me look good for hiring them.”

So it’s your goal to establish confidence in your work, so they won’t second guess your rates or in hiring you.

Determining their budget

By stating, “…illustration projects start at $_____,” you’re filtering out those who don’t meet your minimum budget requirements. This way you don’t go through the process of generating a proposal only to find out their budget was crazy low.

Also, you aren’t trying to get an immediate sale in this first email. This will come later.

Why?

Because you want to avoid having them make a decision in hiring your based on price.

When you establish your value first, you’re price is a triviality. You can use any of the following qualifiers to help establish your value:

● Recent successes and/or case studies from past clients.

● Awards

● Your education if you came from a notable school

● If you’re just starting out and don’t have any past clients, you can create a personal project that showcases your work in the same context someone would hire you for. So if you want to do magazine illustrations, you can create a 10­page magazine of your work laid out in magazine format.

A call ­to ­action

At the end of your email it’s best practice to include a simple, but direct call ­to ­action to schedule a chat at a specific time. You’re making it as easy as possible for them to further discuss their project.

NOTE:​ When you’re on the phone with your client, never feel pressured to name a price right then and there. If they ask your for a specific price, you can say-

­ “I’d love to give you a price, but I’d feel more comfortable reviewing my notes and giving you a more specific proposal. Giving you two or three options at different price points.”

This way you can use more effective pricing strategies like offering different packages priced at different tiers. So they’ll compare your prices against your own prices and not against your competition.

The success of your client’s project hinges on your design, illustration, or photography.

The visuals you create have a massive amount of selling power. It determines how your clients product fits with an audience. In most cases, your visuals are the biggest factor in how your client will be able to generate revenue from their project.

So when you respond to a creative inquiry, remember to establish your value by showcases past successes, do your best to inquire about their specific needs, and include a specific call to action. ­­­

Chris Wilson is an artist and illustrator. When he’s not drawing, he’s giving tips like this article to visual creatives in his newsletter every week

Hildy Maze: Abstract Contemplative Drawing, Painting, Collage

as the earth is poisoned so am I, HILDY MAZE, 2015 oil painting and mixed media canvas, 72 x 84

as the earth is poisoned so am I, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil painting and mixed media on canvas, 72 x 84

“For me, abstract contemplative drawing is a way of navigating my mind and it remains the fundamental vehicle of my practice,” says Hildy Maze. Her latest work displays her physical process in clearly visible gestural line, brushstrokes, and oil stains. Her active process is even revealed in her title for the artwork folded & placed on top of each other (below) that describes the action involved in the manipulation and placement of the layered collage materials that form the piece.

folded & placed on top of each other, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 20 x 27

folded & placed on top of each other, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 20 x 27

Hildy’s contemplation appears in her painting titled, as the earth is poisoned so am I, a large 72 x 84 inch mixed media oil painting on canvas that came directly from the artist’s meditative practice. As Hildy stated, this painting is “based on the principles of heaven, earth and human. The first space is heaven, basic, complete space. Earth is in response to that and the human principle occupies this space. When relating to the earth principle as a response to vast space a sense of grief took over contemplating the ways humans have poisoned the earth.”

three roots that obscure - passion, aggrssion, ignornace, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil painting on paper, 24 x 30

three roots that obscure – passion, aggression, ignorance, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil painting on paper, 24 x 30

Although Hildy Maze was born in Brooklyn and educated at the Pratt Institute, she characterizes her “genuine education” as beginning with the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Shambhala art and culture, Dharma Art, brush stroke meditation practice, and Ikebana Japanese flower arranging.

is anyone listening?, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper collage 28 x 32

is anyone listening?, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 28 x 32

After 12 years of living in New York City and working in her studio, Hildy relocated to East Hampton, New York to live near the bay and Atlantic Ocean, where she feels very connected to the sand beaches and sea gulls.

folly of believing, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper, 15 x 22

folly of believing, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper, 15 x 22

It’s been during the last several years that Hildy Maze’s work has involved simple paper. She says, “paper has an organic environmental quality. It responds immediately to causes and conditions, is impermanent, meaning it ages, becomes fragile, is affected by light, yet will remain as those things we search for and cherish, possibly in the attic or basement, an archaeological site, or a memory. It is the nature of all things to decay yet remain.”

beneath the turbulance, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper, 30 x 36

beneath the turbulence, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper, 30 x 36

These new works on paper display Hildy’s subject and process as pathway to intellectual and contemplative work and artistic production.

acceptance of imperfection, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 33 x 34

acceptance of imperfection, HILDY MAZE, oil paint on paper collage, 33 x 34

Hildy Maze has exhibited her work in galleries in New York City, in Europe, and in Beijing, China. Locally she has exhibited in Poughkeepsie and the eastern end of Long Island, including an invitational at Guild Hall. Her work is in several private collections in the U.S and Europe.

thoughts are blind but talkative, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper, 25 x 42

thoughts are blind but talkative, HILDY MAZE, oil paint on paper, 25 x 42

The artist Hildy Maze has a vast body of work that you may view on her website HildyMaze.com

like the ocean looking at it's own waves, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper collage, 25 x 27

like the ocean looking at it’s own waves, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper collage, 25 x 27

 

interrupting the continuity, HILDY MAZE, oil painting on paper collage, 2015, 28 x 29 inches

interrupting the continuity, HILDY MAZE, oil painting on paper collage, 2015, 28 x 29 inches

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