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Kenyan President reaches out to London creative

GUEST OF HONOUR: From left - Kenyan President His Excellency the Honourable Uhuru Kenyatta and artist Nkosi Blake with the impressive portrait

JAMAICAN-BORN Londoner Nkosi Blake presented the president of Kenya with a realistic pencil portrait on his recent visit to the capital. His Excellency personally invited Blake, who produces fine art, to the Kenyan State House after being amazed by the realistic likeness of himself.

Blake's depiction of His Excellency the Honourable President Uhuru Kenyatta forms part of a series of realistic pencil drawings of inspirational public figures, including Usain Bolt, entitled Push the Pencil to the Limit.

QUICK DRAW: A drawing of Usain Bolt, also by Nkosi Blake

The creative said:

"As a proud African it has always been a dream to represent my culture in my work.

"The best way I feel I can give back is through the talent that God has given me, which is art. There are great men and women in Africa, I want to honour them by showing mine and future generations their portraits and their true power and greatness.

"Meeting His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta and him accepting my portrait was a great honour for my family and me. Hopefully with his support I can extend the same appreciation to other influential and forward-thinking leaders such as himself."

FELLOWSHIP: From left - His Excellency the Honourable President Uhuru Kenyatta, artist Nkosi Blake and His Excellency the Kenyan High Commissioner Lazarus O. Amayo

Blake cites his specialism as photorealism and pieces which have been made through experimentation with different materials. His artistic inspiration comes from Michael Angelo and Frank Frazetta, who both mastered the art of drawing the human figure.

To see more of Blake's work, click here.

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