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.

 

 

 

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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 —