Portraits Africa

fine art portraits by African artists


August 2015

Commissioning an Artist

Commissioning an Artist
 Why not commission an original, fine-art drawing or painting of your family or loved ones? Or perhaps you are inspired by an idea, a poem, or landscape? Portraits African can partner you with a young, highly skilled and creative talent. We can help you delight your family, we can help you re-imagine your dreams.

You will work directly with the artists, and you will share in the creative process. Portraits Africa will ensure the quality and delivery of the work. We will keep your money safe, releasing funds to the artist only after delivery of an exceptional work of art.

Portraits Africa delivers almost all of the portrait price to the artist. Bank charges and a commission of just 5% are levied on the purchase price, charged to the artist, and taken from the price agreed up-front between artist and buyer.

Portraits Africa offers a quality, reliability and financial security simply not present in a private sale between artist and buyer. The issue of trust is particularly acute with international transactions, and particularly with Africa.

Portraits Africa was designed specifically to reduce this barrier to the entry of gifted African artist into the European and North American market. It does so in three ways.

  1. We Assure Quality. Participating It artists are chosen from applicants in each participating country. The selection is done by Artworld / Portraits Africa in consultation with the adjudicator, an established artist resident in the artist’s home country.
  2. We Guarantee Delivery. A simple but effective quality assurance is provided, whereby an adjudicator will rule on the acceptability or otherwise of a commissioned artwork in the even of a dispute between artist and buyer. The adjudicator’s decision is final.
  3. We Safeguard your Cash. A fixed price is agreed upon upfront between artist and buyer. The full sum will be paid in advance, and held in trust by Portraits Africa. Funds will not be paid to the artist until the buyer has indicated his or her satisfaction, or until the appeals procedure has run its course.
 For a detailed account of how to commission an individual artist check out our brochure, Commissioning a Portrait. This contains full detail of the adjudication and disputes procedure. Also see our Terms & Conditions.
Keith McFarlane, Founder, Artworld, Portraits Africa,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Lioda Conrad’s Portraits of African Artists Featured on Xposy

African artist and his found sculpture eyewear, on e of Lioda Conrad's portrait subjects
African artist Cyrus Nganga Kabiru and his found sculpture eyewear, one of Lioda Conrad’s portrait subjects

South African artist Lioda Conrad has begun a series of painted portraits of African artists, including mixed media artists, photographers, sculptors, painters, and portrait artists. Last week, some of her subjects and some of her paintings were featured on Xposy Magazine here.

Portrait of Cyrus Nganga Kabiru, Lioda Conrad
Portrait of Cyrus Nganga Kabiru, Lioda Conrad
Benon reigns, portrait of Benon Lutaaya, oil on Fabriano paper with collage, Lioda Conrad
Benon reigns, portrait of Benon Lutaaya, oil on Fabriano paper with collage, Lioda Conrad



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Anton Kilian, South Africa

COMMISSIONS ARE INVITED. Terms as per African Portraiture Project. Prior agreement on price, delivery date, size and materials. Subject based on one or more digital photographs. EU fund-holder holds funds (payment in advance) pending satisfactory completion. Standard adjudication procedure. Funds released to the artists only on buyer’s / adjudicator’s approval.

Contact the should you have questions, and require information. The service is described in detail in or customer brochure, Commissioning a Portrait (see ).

CONTACT DETAILS. email: ; telephone: +27 61 181 5320 (Office hours, UTC+02:00))

ARTIST’S STATEMENT. Anton Kilian, born 18 February 1954. At school I use to draw with pencil, but never had any formal training in art. I studied law after school and enjoyed 25 years in the legal fraternity, among others, as a practicing advocate. Then in 2000, I bought myself a business and left the stresses of formal law practise. All these years I always wanted to explore any artistic talent that I may have, and when I turned 59(2013), I decided time is running out…now or never….. I took lessons from one Wessel Coetsee for 9 months. But then I decided that I want to paint the way I wanted to paint…and developed my own style…..based on the fact that I like portraits and bold colours. I am very much inspired by people like Solly Smook, Lionel Smit and Jimmy Law.

PORTFOLIO. See The “A Pretty Talent” Gallery at . Artworld app users should search for Port Elizabeth, ZA. Download the app (free of charge) from the Apple App Store:

PRICE-LIST. Negotiable, final price for agreement between artist & buyer. Oil on Canvas. 75cm x 45cm USD 700 (EUR 600). Payment outside ZA in USD / EUR only. — with DARKSIDE by Anton Kilian.



Artists, How to Take Part

Published by Keith McFarlane 


Artists wishing to take part in the African Portraiture Service must agree to the service Terms & Conditions as advised by Negative Entropy BV. A commission of 5% will be levied on completion of each commissioned work. In addition, bank charges and fees for currency conversion are deducted from the artist’s account. Commission and all applicable charges will be deducted by the service funds-holder (one per country) prior to payment being made to the artist.

Those wishing a printed and properly illustrated text should refer instead to the PDF version of this document, How to Take Part.

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