Hash Akib

As far back as I can remember I’ve always painted, encouraged as a child by parents who nurtured creative thinking. Even at a young age I was eager to exhibit my paintings and entered and won many art competitions. The most prestigious was being short listed in the Cadbury’s Young Artist of the Year, at the Mall Galleries.

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 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. 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 now 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 Artist’s Professional Artist award and in 2009 I won the SAA Artist of the Year award and the Chairman’s Prize, a first for that award. I have exhibited at the Mall Galleries with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Society of Marine Artists and in 2010 at the Battersea Art Fair.

I produced a series of four paintings for Daler Rowney’s re-launch of the System 3 acrylic paint range which were used in their advertising campaign.

I demonstrate regularly for Daler Rowney at various art events, including at the flagship Cass Art store in Islington, London and on the Create and Craft shopping channel.

I’m represented by Thompsons Galleries, Aldeburgh/London and McNeill Gallery, Radlett, Herts.

On the horizon is my first book called ‘Vibrant Acrylics’, published in April 2012, by Search Press. There will also be an accompanying DVD produced by SAA with demonstrations from the book. I write regular features for the Artist and Illustrators and Paint magazines.

Hashim Akib



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