Portraits Africa | Jack Birgen
Jack BirgenArtist Jack Birgen. Nairobi, Kenya

Jack Birgen, Nairobi, Kenya

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I am an artist of Kenyan origin, born on Saturday, the 1st of October 1988. I grew up in the capital, Nairobi, where I still live and practice my art. I have been driven since childhood to realise my potential as an artist. I started with pencil drawing, water-colouring, even modelling or sculpting, but I finally settled with pencil drawing as my own particular niche, latterly incorporating both charcoal and pastels. I have grown to like my endless pursuit of realism: hence my professional name of “Sketchez".

I enjoy portraiture precisely because it is regarded as challenging. And depicting the human form is endlessly fascinating for me: I find it the best way to appreciate God’s own likeness. It’s a thrill for me to question how people identify what is real from what is drawn. I admire the works of Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci as well as Vincent van Gogh. I wish such people were alive today: to ask them just how they achieved so much in such "ancient”, such "pre-historic" times!



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

Coloured Pencil | Watercolour

Oil | Acrylics

A3 297 mm x 420 mm 11.7" x 16.2" USD 150 N/A
A2 420 mm x 594 mm 16.5" x 23.4" USD 275 N/A
A1 594 mm x 842 mm 23.4" x 33.1" USD 500 N/A
A0 841 mm x 1,189 mm 33.1" x 46.8" USD 1,000 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.