Portraits Africa | Gershon Kwaku Puregold
Gershon Kwaku PuregoldArtist Gershon Kwaku Puregold, Accra. Ghana

Gershon Kwaku Puregold, Accra, Ghana

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 "Life is an art of drawing without an eraser. But being an artist is being a wizard, but the magic is in my  pencil not  the wand.”

As a little boy drawing was my first knowledge of the world. I can say with pride that God was my tutor, and my making of sketches of the teachers in class went unpunished. 

There is an Ashanti saying, roughly: "If you were born to kill an elephant, you don't harm yourself hurrying to kill a squirrel”.  Art was my vocation, and to support myself I did practical work. My father was a shoemaker, a painter and a decorator, and I learnt the trade from him. 

Somehow I did not drop out,  rather I practiced a "flawless truancy”. I offered to study art, but my teachers told me to take another course which “required brains”. And, according to my results, I had brains enough to do science or art, whichever I wanted.  

I have been an artist all my life, but saw it as a potential career only in the last 4 years. I am ambitious. In the next five years I see many commissions, I see interviews, the beginnings of contact with institutions. My life’s ambition is for my name and that of my fathers to be known around the globe. I see a world class gallery in my name, a career and a life in art.



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 75 N/A

297 mm x 420 mm

11.7" x 16.2" USD 100 N/A
A2 420 mm x 594 mm 16.5" x 23.4" USD 175 N/A
A1 594 mm x 842 mm 23.4" x 33.1" USD 350 N/A

841 mm x 1,189 mm

33.1" x 46.8" USD 700 N/A




  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.