Portraits Africa | Clara Aden
Clara AdenArtist Clara Aden, Lagos, Nigeria

Clara Eden, Lagos, Nigeria

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My passion for drawing grew out of insatiable thirst to document, to analyse, to recreate to comment on the world l live in, using figures to convey different messages. I started creating art in my kindergarten. I grew up in the country where female child exploring the world of art is regarded as peculiar and unusual. I started drawing by tracing figures from cartoon characters, just like today's artists redrawing the drawing of masters. My drawings are unique, able to communicate and evolve strong emotions. I work in acrylic, oil and pastel but my principal medium of work is pencil and charcoal.

D.H. Lawrence says "the business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment". I believe that the skills and techniques in the world are of little use unless you have something interesting to say about the world around you. I look for gestures, images or thoughts that move or evolve my sense of observation. I see it with my artistic mind, have a brain storming session and start to lay it out.I see artists who draw and paint on white cartridge paper and nothing else. There is nothing wrong with paper, but experimentation and creativity with media bring considerable advantage. I have been drawing on canvas for over a decade now. Currently l am embracing textured surface canvas for drawing. I tear apart packaging or things in the trash, newspaper cuttings or out of use traditional Ankara fabric print. I cut, tear and glue them into a drawing.

My artistic process goes from inspiration to conceptual sketches to finished drawings. I am a realist artist, the issues that have the most influence on me are practical realities. I am motivated by the realisation that there is so much to be done and it is a chance to make a positive difference, transforming the mind of people to bring about change.



Contact the artist via Keith McFarlane (Portraits Africa) at editor@negativeentropy.net who will provide an introduction. Artist and buyer are free to negotiate on both subject and price. While the artist has provided a guide-price or price indication, the first step in any commission is that artist and buyer agree the price, size, subject and materials of the composition and its delivery date. Portraits Africa will then request the agreed commission fee from the buyer, and on receipt of that fee will advise the artist to start work. The fee will not be released to the artist until the work has been completed and delivered to the buyer. Should a dispute arise between artist and buyer, it is Portraits Africa that will adjudicate. For the service prospectus, Terms & Conditions, see Commissioning a Portrait.


Paper | Board Size

Pencil | Charcoal

Oil | Acrylics

A4 210 mm x 297 mm 8,3" x 11.7" USD 50 USD 75

297 mm x 420 mm

11.7" x 16.2" USD 100 USD 150
A2 420 mm x 594 mm 16.5" x 23.4" USD 200 USD 300
A1 594 mm x 842 mm 23.4" x 33.1" USD 400 USD 600




  1. These are guide prices. They are not binding on the artist, but are intended to set the buyer’s expectations prior to the artist being contacted.
  2. Prices will vary with the materials used, with the number of subjects (complexity) and with the overall size.
  3. Prices do not include shipping, packing, framing or insurance costs. These should be itemised separately and the total price agreed up-front.
  4. Portraits Africa will not involve itself in the matter of the commission price. The service offered relates only to the delivery of the finished portrait and to assuring the quality of the work produced.