January 21st First Exhibition of Portraits Africa Artists Opens in Nairobi, Kenya

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Portraits Africa announces their first exhibition of artworks from their community of artists to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, 21st January to Friday, 5th February 2016.

Participating artists include Anita Kavochi, Anne Mwairi, Christopher Kiongah, David Thuku, Elias Mung’ora, Elijah Mutua, Jack Birgen, Jay Kimathi, Nadia Wamunya, Nduata Kariuki, Nicholas Odhiambo, Peteros Ndunde, Seth Odhiambo, Sylvenus Semoh, Victor Binge, and, Waweru Gichuhi.

We’ll be sharing more on each of the artists in the weeks ahead. Find out more on the Portraits Africa’s blog here.

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Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Peter Ufuoma Isiavwe

The Peeping Beauty, portrait painting by Ufuoma Isiavwe

The Peeping Beauty, portrait painting by Peter Ufuoma Isiavwe

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Peter Ufuoma Isiavwe to discuss portrait ideas (CONTACT the artist via Email: ufuoskigeneral@yahoo.com  Telephone: +234 803 921 5717 Office hours, UTC +01:00). Find artist Peter Ufuoma Isiavwe on Facebook here.

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.

Peeping Beauty II, portrait painting by Ufuoma Isiavwe

Peeping Beauty II, portrait painting by Peter Ufuoma Isiavwe

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!

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 Eric Sher packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

Unconditional Love, Ufuoma Isiavwe

Unconditional Love, Peter Ufuoma Isiavwe

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.

JefferyAppiatuboydrawing

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Anton Kilian

portrait painting by Anton Kilian

portrait painting by Anton Kilian

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Anton Kilian to discuss portrait ideas (CONTACT DETAILS. email: kiliana@telkomsa.net ; telephone: +27 61 181 5320 Office hours, UTC+02:00 ). Find artist Anton Kilian on Facebook here.

portrait painting by Anton Kilian

portrait painting by Anton Kilian

Do you want her 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.

AntonKilianTheLookyellowgirlhair

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!

portrait painting by Anton Kilian

portrait painting by Anton Kilian

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 painting by Anton Kilian

portrait painting by Anton Kilian

While a portrait 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.

AntonKilianShadesofBluegirl

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

reference photo for double portrait

reference photo for double portrait

Anton Kilian portrait painting from reference selfie

Anton Kilian portrait painting from reference selfie

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

 

Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Moses Marquis Okpeyowa Now in Chicago

Double Expectation by Moses Marques Ob

Double Expectation by Moses Marques Okpeyowa

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Moses Marquis Okpeyowa of Nigeria who now lives in Chicago, and discuss portrait ideas (email Moses Marquis Okpeyowa <marquis22@hotmail.com>  telephone the artist in Chicago: +1 312 659 1921 ). Find artist Moses Marquis Okpeyowa on Facebook here and on his site Marquiskreationz Fine Art here.

Sweet Dreams painting by Moses Marquis Ob

Sweet Dreams painting by Moses Marquis Okpeyowa

Do you want her 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.
Nigerian Couple, pencil portrait by Moses Marquis Okpeyowan

Nigerian Couple, pencil portrait by Moses Marquis Okpeyowa

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!

artwork in progress by Moses Marquis Ok

painting in progress by Moses Marquis Okpeyowa

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

Mother and Child painting by Moses Marquis Okpey

Mother and Child painting by Moses Marquis Okpeyowa

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.

portrait drawing by Moses Marquis Okpayowa

portrait drawing by Moses Marquis Okpeyowa

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Moses Marquis Okpeyowa packages and ships the finished portrait to you. If you are in Chicago, you may be able to meet the artist by contacting his for an appointment via email Moses Marquis Okpeyowa <marquis22@hotmail.com>  or telephone: +1 312 659 1921 .

artist Moses Marquis Okpeyowa

artist Moses Marquis Okpeyowa

 

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

How to Commission Your Portrait From African Artist Eric Sher

Eric Sher, South Africa

Eric Sher, South Africa

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with African artist Eric Sher to discuss portrait ideas (email Eric Sher <ericsher2003@yahoo.com ). Find Eric Sher on Facebook here.

Would you like him to create your portrait painting on canvas or paper? During your consultation with the artist, he will help you decide on the materials and size.

Eric Sher, Deviation from REality series portrait

Eric Sher, Deviation from REality series portrait

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!

Eric Sher painting

Eric Sher painting

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

Eric Sher child portrait

Eric Sher child portrait

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.

Eric Sher portrait

Eric Sher portrait

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

Eric Sher, Deviation from Reality series portrait

Eric Sher, Deviation from Reality series portrait

 

How to Commission Your Portrait From South African Artist Lioda Conrad

Canvas portrait art in Lioda Conrad's South African studio

Canvas portrait art in Lioda Conrad’s South African studio

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with South African artist Lioda Conrad to discuss portrait ideas (Contact Lioda Conrad via email: liodac@gmail.com or Phone: +27 72 460 3222 ). Find Lioda Conrad on Facebook here.

Lioda Conrad, woman with baby

Lioda Conrad, woman with baby

Do you want her 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!

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

Lioda Conrad portrait painting in progress

Lioda Conrad portrait painting in progress

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 Lioda Conrad packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

Lioda Conrad portrait

Lioda Conrad portrait

Lioda Conrad, Duality of Color

Lioda Conrad, Duality of Color

How to Commission Your Portrait by African Artist Gideon Fasola

Gideon Fasola's pencil portrait of young couple

Gideon Fasola’s pencil portrait of young couple

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with artist Gideon Fasola to discuss your portrait art ideas ( email gideonfasola1@gmail.com. Telephone: +234 816 762 1698). Do you want a painting on canvas, a graphite and charcoal drawing, or ink drawing on paper? The artist will help you decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait during your consultation. Full terms and the artist’s portfolio here.

Innocent African Beauty by Gideon Fasola

Innocent African Beauty by Gideon Fasola

Once you’ve made your decision, you only need to send your reference photo or photos to the artist so he can get to work. As your portrait art progresses Gideon Fasola will send you a work-in-progress photo!

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

Gideon Fasola portrait drawing

Gideon Fasola portrait drawing

Your pencil portrait drawing on paper may require a few weeks to complete, and 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.

My Princess, red, blue, black ballpoint pen drawing by Gideon Fasola

My Princess, red, blue, black ballpoint pen drawing by Gideon Fasola

Final photos of your finished portrait are sent to you for approval. The artist Gideon Fasola packages and ships your portrait art to you.

A moment with Gideon Fasola–

 

Happiness Costs No Money, painting by Gideon Fasola

Happiness Costs No Money, painting by Gideon Fasola

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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.

 

 

Artists Featured in Magazines and Art News Feed

 

In the studio of contemporary African artist Benon Lutaaya, one of the subjeects of Lioda Conrad's portrait series

In the studio of contemporary African artist Benon Lutaaya, the contemporary African artist is one of the subjects of Lioda Conrad’s portrait series

Artist Marketing Resources does a lot of article marketing. This past week, we’ve written and published articles for artists Metrov, Clare Haxby, and Lioda Conrad, among others.

We featured Lioda Conrad’s series of portraits of contemporary African artists in an article on Xposy magazine–read it here.

We also published news of California artist Metrov newest portrait series, on the international Art News site–see it here. Look for more forthcoming on Metrov’s Renaissance POP limited edition print series.

One of Metrov's Renaissance Pop portraits of the Mona Lisa

One of Metrov’s Renaissance Pop portraits of the Mona Lisa

Artist and designer Clare Haxby’s Singapore waterfront paintings are more relevant than ever, as the international city of Singapore celebrates its 50th Birthday, and made it easier for us to promote her art on the Art News Portal here.
Clare Haxby's Lotus Flower Building is a painting of Singapore's Art & Science Museum

Clare Haxby’s Lotus Flower Building is a painting of Singapore’s Art & Science Museum

We have many more articles in the works, but if you are an artist and would like to find out more about our article marketing program click here.

Photos Show How 3 African Artists Start and Develop Their Portrait Artworks

 

Cyrus Nganga Kabiru and his eclectic eyewear, oil painting, Lioda Conrad

Cyrus Nganga Kabiru and his eclectic eyewear, oil painting, Lioda Conrad

South African artist Lioda Conrad’s expressive oil painting of Cyrus Nganga Kabiru, a Kenyan artist and his eclectic eyewear, began as a drawing–shown below–with the first oil paint and medium the artist added to start her painting.

Portrait of Cyrus Nganga Kabiru, Kenyan artist and his eclectic eyewearDETAIL

Ghana artist, Enam Bosokah uses his trademark blue ink ballpoint pen technique to systematically build up layers of line to develop a three-dimensionality in his portraits. It becomes easier to understand his technique by view images of various stages of completion, like in this early stage example–

Early stage of Enam Bosokah blue ballpoint ink pen portrait

Early stage of Enam Bosokah blue ballpoint ink pen portrait

Here is another stage in the development of his portrait–

Enam Bosokah portrait in progress

Enam Bosokah portrait in progress

Final stage in the development of the portrait–

Enam Bosokah portrait

Enam Bosokah portrait

Five stages of development in Cameroon artist Tangwan Elice’s portrait of a young woman–

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 1

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 1

Tangwan uses both graphite and charcoal in rendering the skin and hair textures in his portrait–

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 2

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 2

Here are three more stages of the portrait drawing–

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 3

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 3

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 4

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 4

Tangwan Elice portrait step 5

Tangwan Elice portrait step 5

Tangwan Elice, Enam Bosokah, and Lioda Conrad are three of nearly 30 Africa artists represented by the African Portraiture Service. This service connects you with portrait artists in Africa who are experts at creating original art working from your photo selfies. You can work directly with there artists who live in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, and South Africa, with the assistance and guarantees of the African Portraiture Service.

 

The Blessings of Water in the Portrait Art of Ghana Africa Artists

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Dripping wet faces with water drizzling from chins caught my attention in the portrait art of African artists in sub-Saharan Ghana.

Some of the artists refer to their wet imagery as the blessings of water and showers of blessings.

 

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It’s true that all humans everywhere on earth need the amazing resource of water to live.

But these contemporary Ghana artists–Theopencil, Kwabena Nature, Enam Bosokah, Jeffery Appiatu– uniquely portray water in a visual anointing of their subjects in the wet portraits above and below.

 

"Monica Belluci", 29 cm x 42 cm. 2015, Charcoal and graphite, Jeffrey Appiatu, Accra, Ghana, Africa

“Monica Belluci”, 29 cm x 42 cm. 2015, Charcoal and graphite, Jeffrey Appiatu, Accra, Ghana, Africa

 

I agree with Dr. Keith McFarlane, administrator of commissions for the African Portraiture Service, who said that these wet portraits, “demonstrate the rendering skills” these artists possess.

 

Enam Bosokah, Ghana

Enam Bosokah, Ghana

 

But I also think that there may be deep roots in the culture of Ghana and the climate of the sub-Saharan location that connects all four of these artists to the theme of dripping wet faces in their portrait art.

When I asked some of the artists about the symbolism, the reply from Kwabnea Nature referenced the Bible, the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 34 verse 26–  “I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessings.”

Theopencil, Kwabena Nature, Enam Bosokah, Jeffery Appiatu are just four of over 25 artists participating in the African Portraiture Service. If you are interested in viewing  more artwork by these artists or in getting details on how to commission a portrait, click here.

If you would like to communicate directly with one or more of these artists, please visit the African Portraiture Service Facebook page here.

 

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Portrait Artist Offering Commissions Featured in TV Interview

 

Theopencil at work

TheoPencil at work

 

 

Artist Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong, who goes by the shorter name Theo Pencil and  often written as one word TheoPencil, creates large scale pencil portraits of African’s public figures in photo-realistic detail that he refers to as hyper-realism.

 

"Kofi Annan" by Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana. Pencil on paper, without frame. 51cm x 76cm. USD 1,000.

“Kofi Annan” by TheoPencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana. Pencil on paper, without frame. 51cm x 76cm. USD 1,000.

 

TheoPencil is one of several African artists offering portrait commissions to people throughout the world. Now anyone in any country may commission their portrait with the assistance of a special service you can read about here.

Here is a look into a commission for a client in the United States–TheoPencil working with pencil and charcoal on paper–work in progress.

 

TheoPencil working on a portrait commission for an American client

TheoPencil working on a portrait commission for an American client

 

For the this family portrait, below, THE FAMILY OF AKI-OLA, TheoPencil completed the 30 x 40 inch pencil drawing in 88 hours over 11 days.

 

THE FAMILY OF AKI-OLA by ThoPencil

THE FAMILY OF AKI-OLA by ThoPencil

TheoPencil at work on another amazing portrait in progress

TheoPencil at work on another amazing portrait in progress

 

Watch African Portrait artist Theo Pencil on the KSM TV show —

Metrov’s “Marie Portrait” for His People of Pax Series

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Artist Metrov has honored me by adding my face to his P.O.P., People of Pax portrait series. It’s nice that he wanted to include me. I’ve written about his portrait series in two previous articles–one for Xposy multimedia magazine– titled Metrov’s People of Pax which you can read here. Also, I’ve published news of how you can participate by having Metrov do your portrait here.

By coincidence, I am in the middle of being interviewed by a magazine, and, if the editor decides to use the interview, will request a photo of me. So I am considering something out-of-the-ordinary by sending my Pax portrait to appear with my interview!

The photograph that Metrov used as the basis of my Pax portrait was taken in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco by photographer Amoreena. (There was a some sun that day so there are some shadows and so I am squinting.)

Artist Project: Get Your Gratis Portrait for the Spring Goddess Pax

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Marina

 

The goddess Pax symbol of the Mother Bear is the focus of California artist Metrov’s  free portrait print offer (valued at $1000) that he will create from your photo sent to him.  Find out the how to get yours here.

 

Metrov portrait, Kevin

Metrov portrait, Kevin

 

Metrov portrait, Chien

Metrov portrait, Chien

 

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How Will The Upcoming Facebook Changes Impact Your Facebook Page ?

Facebook– that ever-changing social media platform– has announced that it’s ready to make more overall changes, admitting that this scheduled new formatting could negatively affect your Page’s reach.

So, if you created your artist page, or small business page on Facebook, and have even paid for Facebook ads that brought “Likes” to your page, will all that fade into the background along with your page? Has developing your Facebook page been worthwhile for your business? Or is it time to shift your focus to new ways of getting visibility?

For some time, I’ve advised artists that Facebook ads bring “Likes” not sales. When you pay for any ad it will drive some traffic. But as soon as you stop paying for those ads, they disappears and are forgotten.

Feature articles on Artist Marketing Resources are better than paid ads because our feature articles become a permanent part of Google search engine and other search engine results. Artist Marketing Resources and our friends and associates work to bring you visibility.

Since we launched on Feb 3, 2009,  Artist Marketing Resources has published articles featuring artists and art events. We’ve had people find and continue to comment on our articles that we published years ago!

Why do a feature blog article with us? Feature artist articles are multipurpose. Our published articles contain multiple large images of your art and multiple links–such as to your website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and blog. (Ads–such as on Facebook– tend to have one link and one tiny image, one purpose and one result). Our feature articles are much more versatile, and may be crafted to feature an event, such as exhibition of your art, or may offer new available work such a new print edition for purchase on your site. Or the article may share and illustrate your amazing art-making techniques or simply ask for followers for your blog or Twitter account and others.

Additional Value:  After we publish your article, we tweet the article link with attached image across Twitter via our @TransArtGuide @Artozon @Transmediartist and others we admin. We include appropriate hashtags, such as: #painting #portrait #exhibition#drawing  #fineartphotography and many others. We also use any appropriate Twitter trending hashtags to place your art in front of a new audience. For instance, yesterday we used the newly trending hashtag #handmadehour on our tweets for portrait commissions and portrait drawings.

We also share your feature artist articles on multiple Facebook pages that we admin. We share all our articles on Google+ and in Google art groups, and post article links to Tumblr blogs and add multiple images, with article link on each, to Pinterest. We post your feature articles as a new discussions in our Artist Marketing Resources LinkedIn Group and in appropriate art collector groups.

We offer many options to suit your needs–

For a limited time we are offering our $5 Feature Article Plan on the platform Fiverr –take a look here.

Founder of Artist Marketing Resources, Marie Kazalia, is also a contributing writer for Xposy MultiMedia Magazine — as a writer for Xposy, Marie is always on the look-out for quality content. Artists may start with a feature article on Artist Marketing Resources, and, we become more familiar with your work, you may get a feature article on Xposy as well. Take a look at the Xposy multimedia magazine here.

Donations: We appreciate your support! Click here to donate. Donations get our attention and your donations are much appreciated! If you make a reasonable donation that covers our time, we’ll be happy to feature your art, arts product or service, or arts website to bring you new members.

Want to support us privately? Anonymous donations are gladly accepted, but, of course, to protect your privacy we cannot offer feature articles to anonymous donors. Give your anonymous support here (select the anonymous donor option).

Read selected feature artist articles written by Marie Kazalia via the links below:

Barbara Rachko’s Chromogenic Gods and Monsters (published on Xposy) read it here, read The Faces on Anton Kilian here, and read Metrov’s People of Pax here.

Dil Hildebrand: Exploring Parallels Between Creating Structures and Building Images 2014 article here.

Pittsburgh: R. WEIS – Compositions of Manipulated Sound article here.

Stars and CARS: Jimi Hendrix with His Corvette Stingray, Paul Newman with His Racing Datsun, Steve McQueen and the Bullit Mustang here.

Artist Who Uses Sound article click here.

Artist Power BANK Tokyo Alicia Bay Laurel Raising Funds for Japan article on this artist here.

My Article, The Faces of Anton Kilian, Published on Xposy Magazine

THE WONDER OF YOU,oil painting on canvas, Anton Kilian

THE WONDER OF YOU,oil painting on canvas, Anton Kilian

You can read my article, The Faces of Anton Kilian here.

I’ve scheduled future articles on the art of Karen Fitzgerald, Metrov, Hildy Maze, and Catherine Small.

Take a look at my articles on Xposy and if your think you work will fit, leave a comment and a link to your art site. Best Wishes!