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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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.

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 —

Startling New Faces From the African Portrait Project Artists

"The Initiation", 100 cm x 70 cm. 2014, Acrylic on Paper, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa.

The Initiation, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa, 100 cm x 70 cm, 2014, acrylic paints on paper

In February, we announced the launch of African Portrait Project and you can read that article here. We also published an article on unconventional portraits and included work by African artists. Read the article, The Unconventional Portrait: Moving Away From the Literal Likeness here.

The African Portrait Project has grown to include even more accomplished artists from several African countries. Many have fewer resources than most of us are accustomed to, such as cell phones only to photograph their art and to connect with the rest of the world via social media. Therefore these African artists have elected to join together in a group on Facebook to share images of their work and offer portrait commissions with the assistance of Dr. Keith McFarlane. View the Facebook page and more art here.

Dr. McFarlane’s African Portrait Project seeks to provide these African artists with an income from patrons in more affluent nations, by offering art lovers outside of Africa opportunities to commission portraits at extremely affordable prices. A win-win for all and when you participate by commissioning an artist, gives you an original fine art portrait of yourself or your family members.

Portrait III, Elias Mung'ora, Naibobi,Kenya

Portrait III, Elias Mung’ora, Naibobi, Kenya

 

These commissioned portraits are real fine art, one-of-kind, and may be hyper-realistic pencil drawings on paper, an oil painting, or expressive painting in other fine art materials.

Portrait artists in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries will be happy to consult with you one-on-one to determine the best options for your portrait.

You can also read more details on commissioning a portrait here.

 

"The wrinkled woman" by Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana,  Pencil on paper, without frame. 41cm x 51cm

The wrinkled woman, Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana, Pencil on paper, 41cm x 51cm

 

If you have questions, or wish to find out how you can commission your first portrait, contact Dr. Keith McFarlane via email: editor@negativeentropy.com  Please remember that Dr. McFarlane is based in Amsterdam, and asks you to keep in mind that Amsterdam time is about hours ahead of your time zone in the USA. Here is Dr. McFarlane’s phone number: +31 20 89 32 791

Commissioning a foreign artist for a portrait, and the artist accepting foreign commissions involves a high level of trust on both sides. Recognizing this, Dr. Keith McFarlane, scientist and owner of the Amsterdam based company Negative Entropy and the owner and creator of the ArtWorld app available on iTunes, created this commission service. He will safeguard the payment while assuring quality and delivery of the commissioned artwork, and will only take a 5% commission to cover international transaction fees, currency exchange rates, bank transfer fees and like expenses.

 

"Africana III" by Elias Mung'ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and watercolours on ivory paper, 60cm x 84cm

Africana III,  Elias Mung’ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and watercolours on ivory paper, 60cm x 84cm