Part One: More than 20 African Artists Offer Portrait Commissions Via International Art Service

More African artists continue to join the growing portrait service created by Dr. Keith McFarlane of Amsterdam. The African Portrait Service assists artists in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon to gain portrait commissions from individuals and couples around the world.

Find out more about the process of commissioning a portrait here.

You are also welcome to connect with these artists on the portrait service Facebook page here.

There are nearly 25 African artists ready to create your portrait from your favorite photo or selfie. Examples below show some of the variety of portrait styles available.

Today, here are the first eleven of the portrait service artists–click on each hyperlinked artist’s name to read their bio and view more examples of their work.

Tomorrow we will share more artists with you in our article Part Two of the African Portrait Artists.

Portrait 3, Morney Hans of Cape Town, South Africa, Pencil on Paper, 30c x 43cm, USD $177

Portrait 3, Morney Hans of Cape Town, South Africa, Pencil on Paper, 30 x 43cm, USD $177

Morney Hans, South Africa

 

GREYS by Anton Kilian of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.. Oil painting on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, USD $300

GREYS by Anton Kilian of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Oil painting on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, USD $300

Anton Kilian, South Africa

 

The Zeal of the Oscars' Winner, Richard Machomba, Nairobi, Kenya. Pencil on Paper. 59cm x 42cm

The Zeal of the Oscars’ Winner, Richard Machomba, Nairobi, Kenya. Pencil on Paper. 59cm x 42cm

Richard Machomba, Kenya

 

The builder, Mpho Makhubo of Tsakane, Brakpan, South Africa. Conte and pastels on Fabriano paper, 131cm x 101cm, USD 600

The builder, Mpho Makhubo of Tsakane, Brakpan, South Africa. Conte and pastels on Fabriano paper, 131cm x 101cm, USD 600

Mpho Makhubo, South Africa

 

Portrait of a Young Girl, Elias Mung'ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and pencil on ivory paper, 42cm x 30cm

Portrait of a Young Girl, Elias Mung’ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and pencil on ivory paper, 42cm x 30cm

Elias Mung’ora, Kenya

 

Kimani Maruge, Elijah Mutua of Nairobi, Kenya, Fine point pen on paper, 23cm x 23cm, USD $250

Kimani Maruge, Elijah Mutua of Nairobi, Kenya, Fine point pen on paper, 23cm x 23cm, USD $250

Elijah Mutua, Kenya

 

portrait, Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi, Nigeria

portrait, Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi, Nigeria

Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi, Nigeria

 

The Reverend Oke Omezi, Isimi Taiwo,  Lagos, Nigeria, Pencil on paper, 42 x 30cm

The Reverend Oke Omezi, Isimi Taiwo, Lagos, Nigeria, Pencil on paper, 42 x 30cm

Isimi Taiwo, Nigeria

 

Kofi Annan, Theopencil ( aka Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ), Accra, Ghana, Pencil on paper,  51 x 76cm, USD $1,000

Kofi Annan, Theopencil ( aka Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ), Accra, Ghana, Pencil on paper, 51 x 76cm, USD $1,000

Theopencil, Ghana

 

Portrait of Anne, David Thuku, Nairobi, Kenya, oil painting on canvas, 61 x 46cm

Portrait of Anne, David Thuku, Nairobi, Kenya, oil painting on canvas, 61 x 46cm

David Thuku, Kenya

 

True Happiness, Seth Odhiambo (aka Seth Sketcher), Nairobi, Kenya, Pencil on paper, 51cm x 30cm.

True Happiness, Seth Odhiambo (aka Seth Sketcher), Nairobi, Kenya, Pencil on paper, 51cm x 30cm.

Seth Sketcher, Kenya

 

Read the details on how to turn your own favorite selfie into a fine art portrait here.

The Unconventional Portrait: Moving Away From the Literal Likeness

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Face of Me And My Art, 41 cm x 30 cm,  2014, painting, graphite and charcoal on paper by artist Gideon Fasola of Ibadan, Nigeria, Africa.

The artist Gideon Fasola offers commissions of original fine art portraits capturing elements of you in combinations symbolizing your personality, profession, passions, collections, fantasy life, cos-play roles and creative activities in a visual yin-yang.

To discuss a possible commission from the African artists here, as well as other, and review their fees and details click here.

The unconventional portrait below, of a woman with her eyes closed, conveys her interior– thoughts, feelings, her mood– and gives us a glimpse into her inner sensuality.

"Virginity" by Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi of Abuja, Nigeria. Fine point pen on paper.76cm x 46cm

Virginity by Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi of Abuja, Nigeria. Fine point pen on paper. 76cm x 46cm

 

The remarkable portrait below, by an artist that goes by the name Theopencil (his full name Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong), from Accra, Ghana, Africa is a demonstration of his accomplished photorealism rendering techniques used to depict this image from the artist’s imagination. 

 

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Artist D.A. Metrov was recently invited to conduct a public portrait session at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art as part of Marinella Senatore’s highly-acclaimed Building Communities exhibition. The event was a huge success. Portraits from the exhibit definitely fit the category of the unconventional–

 

Kelsey, portrait by Metrov

Kelsey, portrait by Metrov

Metrov portrait, Unidentified 2

Metrov portrait, Unidentified 2

Metrov portrait, Kevin

Metrov portrait, Kevin

Metrov portrait, Chien

Metrov portrait, Chien

Metrov portrait, Connie

Metrov portrait, Connie

Metrov is known for his uncanny ability to capture his subject’s “spiritual essence.” “It’s not something I try to do, it’s simply what comes naturally. Some have called it a psychic ability,” says Metrov, an artist living and working in Santa Barbara, California.

View more of Metrov’s unconventional portraits on his website here. Metrov also offers commissions for your portrait. You can contact the artist here.