• Hashim Akib

Hashim Akib

As far back as I can remember I’ve always painted, encouraged as a child by parents who nurtured creative thinking. Through my own stubborn resolve I never resorted to a proper job and continued painting as a career and lifestyle.

Having left Art College I pounded the streets of London with an A1 portfolio full of life drawings. It soon became apparent I was completely unprepared and spent the following six months working on more commercial work. I soon received illustration commissions from broadsheet newspapers, magazines and design firms. Some of the highlights included illustrating a Royal Mail stamp, illustrating a Smirnoff commercial, children’s books and every illustrator’s dream working on several occasions for Time magazine.

After years of tight deadlines, demanding national and international clients I fancied more of a challenge and started running a couple of art workshops and demonstrating art techniques around the UK. With whatever time I had left I developed my own paintings for exhibitions.

I approached a couple of galleries with the new work, the first of which shot my paintings down in flames. At the time I was devastated but I really believe constructive criticism helps you progress and develop as an artist. I went back to the gallery the following week with five new paintings all of which were accepted and sold within the first month of being exhibited.

Since then I haven’t looked back, in 2005/07 I won the Society for All Artists Professional Artist category and in 2009 I won the SAA Artist of the Year. I regularly exhibit with the Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries, I am a gallery represented artist, I’ve completed an art DVD for System 3 with Daler-Rowney and my first book called ‘Vibrant Acrylics’ is published in 2012 by Search Press.

My style has changed over the years from extremely detailed paintings to a much bolder, freer, impressionistic approach. I realised having worked in a highly detailed way the method was all about obsession and nowadays it’s definitely all about the passion.

Hashim Akib

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