South African portrait artist Anton Kilian says that his desire to paint had always been with him–“All these years I always wanted to explore any artistic talent that I may have, and I decided time is running out…now or never…..” In 2013, he left the stresses of his formal law practice to paint. Largely self-taught–he took private art lessons for 9 months before deciding to paint the way he wanted to paint.
Anton has developed his own bold color palettes, combining the realism of portraits with Abstract Expressionist brushwork. But also says that he is very much inspired by African artists Solly Smook, Lionel Smit and Jimmy Law.
Anton Kilain has had some success in the short time that he’s been painting, receiving commissions of portraits via Amsterdam-based Dr. Keith McFarlane’s unique program to assist emerging artists in African countries to earn an income from their portrait art.
Just last month, Anton completed a portrait commission for a double-portrait from an American couple who used McFarlane’s portrait services.
Working from this double-selfie as reference photo–
How to Commission Your Portrait from Anton Kilian and other African Artists is described in detail here.
Dr. Keith McFarlane is also the developer of the Artworld app, which uses geo-mapping to locate artists. ArtWorld app users traveling to South Africa, should search for Port Elizabeth to schedule an appointment to visit the artist Anton Kilian’s studio.
Download the ArtWorld app (free of charge) from the iTunes Store here.