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 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 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 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.

JefferyAppiatuyoungwhiteman

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!

JefferyAppiatublondewoman

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

JefferyAppiatuwetface

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 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

 

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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African Artist David Thuku Creates Portrait Paintings, Drawings, Murals, 3D Assemblages and More

David Thuku in his studio

David Thuku in his studio

African artist David Thuku has two paintings on display at the Kenya National Museum in an exhibition that opened on the 23rd of this month. He will also have artwork in several group exhibitions in the months ahead, including the first exhibition of Portraits Africa artists, and one at The Circle Art Gallery. Then he’ll do the Kenya Art Fair. David Thuku is part of the exhibition planning committee working to organize the Portraits Africa group show.
Portraits Africa exhibition planning committee at their first meeting, October 23rd, 2015

Portraits Africa exhibition planning committee at their first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on October 23rd, 2015

Here are some views of David at work in his studio that he sent me from a cyber café computer in Nairobi while we chatted.

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David is a busy and productive artist who creates paintings, drawings, portraits on commission, 3D assemblages, and murals.

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He’d just arrived at the cyber café after completing a commercial mural project, and although he didn’t have photos from that day’s labors, he sent examples of two doors he’d painted for another project, saying, “I was asked to come up with images that suggest ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’ without the usual writing.” He opted to use an ancient Egyptian theme with a “Thuku twist.”

David Thuku commissioned door designs

David Thuku commissioned door designs

David Thuku door design

David Thuku door design

self-portrait, David Thuku

self-portrait, David Thuku

Of his portrait art, David Thuku says that his self-portrait pencil rendering is one of his favorites so far.

While I found another of his portraits reminded me of the Mona Lisa, of which David Thuku said, “He he he, sure, I felt a monalisa.ish effect after painting that one! I love it because when I painted it, I was experimenting on quick oil portraits on different unconventional oily surfaces…this is on paper and it’s one of the few that was successful…timed for 2 strict hours…between 12 midnight and 2 a.m. I love pushing myself to extremes.”

David likes to place restrictions on his drawing, paintings, sketches and personal studies in order to challenge himself. To make himself more resourceful and to keep in practice for when the right time comes. So as not to be “freaked out” when he gets a short notice commission from a client–saying, “you don’t wanna tell them it aint possible. right?”

DavidThukuMonaLIsa

The second portrait painting we talked about is titled THE LITTLE RED BOOK, the artist described it as, “dear to me,” saying that he loved the pose–“It was modeled by a friend and I love it because of the story it represents…everyone gets a different story after seeing it.”

David Thuku

THE LITTLE RED NOTEBOOK, David Thuku

“The book is the basis of the whole story. I consider myself an anatomist…every whitty detail or process is important to me…the painting is about the small literatures that everybody has and after reading they take you on a reflective meditative journey, either self-written or a favorite publication.”

And David loves to read. “I love literature in all its representation and definition –poetry….and any good fiction,” and “someone keeps describing my paintings as visual poetry.”

In Between, David Thuku

In Between, David Thuku

“My focus is the process, and expression…approach is not of much importance, as far as I have achieved my goal, which mostly comes as a connective communication with the artwork, as sometimes I don’t have a fore planned reason, but the artwork just leads me to its own creation….my favorite approach.”
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When David allows the art to take the lead, his painting and drawing practice also results in artworks created by intuitive guidance– working with charcoal on pastel paper, (as the drawing above), and three-dimensional artworks made from paper, such as the (tabletop or pedestal displayed) artwork below.
Die casting checkerboard die cut shadow, David Thuku

Casting the Dice, David Thuku

 Each year, David Thuku sends some of his paintings to the UK for a Charity Auction Ball to help raise funds for the Langalanga Scholarship Fund, and he also produces small artworks for Christmas cards and notelets that are available for purchase online at the Langalanga.org store here.
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David Thuku accepts commissions. Connect with David Thuku on Facebook 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.”

 

 

 

Expressively Rendered Faces of 5 African Artists

"WATER BOY", 24 in x 23 in. 2014, Acrylic painting on Canvas, Kwesi Botchway, Accra, Ghana, Africa

WATER BOY, 24 in x 23 inches, 2014, Acrylic painting on Canvas, Kwesi Botchway, Accra, Ghana, Africa

Kwesi Botchway’s painting WATER BOY is for sale and available, plus the artist accepts commissions to create painted portraits from your favorite selfie or photograph. Arrangements can be made from anywhere in the world via the services provided by Portraits Africa.

The faces and figures dripping with water are fun and symbolic imagery unique to African artists in countries such as Ghana.

Kwakwa Anthony Junior

In the above portrait, the artist represented by Portraits Africa is Kwakwa Anthony Junior, also of Ghana, and the wetness may be a dousing of milk or perhaps soapy water.

Johannesburg, South Africa artist Eric Sher paints the faces in his Deviation from Reality Series with drips, runs, brushstrokes and lines to create a specific mood or expression on his subjects faces.

Eric Sher, South Africa

Eric Sher, Johannesburg, South Africa. Deviation from Reality Series

Eric Sher, Johannesburg, South Africa. Deviation from Reality Series

In the painting THE SHOW MAN, Kwesi Botchway’s startling and unusual portrait, we may imagine that it represents the essence of the an outstanding personality, also hinted by the title.

"THE SHOW MAN ", 43 in x 45 in. 2014, Acrylic on Canvas. FOR SALE. Kwesi Botchway, Accra, Ghana, Africa

THE SHOW MAN, 43 in x 45 inches, 2014, Acrylic painting on canvas, Kwesi Botchway, Accra, Ghana, Africa

In addition to the selected works by the five artists featured here, you’ll find expressive and out of the ordinary portrait art by dozens of artists across Africa also represented by Portraits Africa view their portfolios here and find out how to commission a portrait here.

"Frank Edwards", 58 cm x 43 cm. 2015, Pencil on Paper. NOT FOR SALE. Alexander Peter, Abuja, Nigeria

Frank Edwards, 58 cm x 43 cm, 2015, Pencil on Paper, Alexander Peter, Abuja, Nigeria, Africa

This portrait of Frank Edwards has a more subtle expressiveness rendered with graphite pencil by Nigerian artist Alexander Peter. While the group of boys, a graphite pencil artwork by Nicholas Odhiamba Mboya of Kenya, makes us wonder what their attention is focuses on or perhaps they are simply expressing joy.

Vulnerable Wealth Series, 62 cm x 95 cm. 2015, Pencil on cover board . NOT FOR SALE. Nicholas Nikomambo, Kisumu Kenya, Africa

Vulnerable Wealth Series, 62 cm x 95 cm. 2015, Pencil on cover board  Nicholas Odhiamabo Mboya, Kenya, Africa

As contemporary African art becomes more visible and important in the world art market, now is the time to get your own unique work from emerging and recognized artists represented by Portraits Africa. Review the portfolios of 28 African artists from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon here.