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Jamel Akib

International oil painting and portraits artist. UK

Jamel Akib
With his sweeping brush strokes, you can tell from Jamel Akib’s energetic illustrations how passionate he is about painting. He loves the feel of paint on the brush and its naturally pleasing effect on canvas. Jamel spent his childhood spent in both Sussex and northern Borneo. After qualifying, he launched his illustration career by doing a front cover for the Observer. Since then the natural media feel of his work has appealed to a diversity of clients.


Jamel studied for a BA in Illustration at the Maidstone College of Art, where he learned from Gerald Rose.


Originally, Jamel worked in chalk pastels on board but later moved to the cleaner process of digital painting. However, he felt the graphics tablet couldn’t quite capture the energy of real painting, so he switched to canvas. A painting begins life in numerous small drawings before he creates the final piece in broad sweeping strokes, choosing colours instinctively as he goes.


Colourful, energetic, painterly – Jamel’s work is full of strokes and marks that convey the hand of the artist. He likes to bring out the concept and narrative in each piece, often by using striking angles – high or low – to make the composition more interesting and eye-catching. His influences include Brad Holland, Sue Coe and Lucien Freud.
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Kanye West portrait by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Wretch 32 illustration by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Lil Wayne Rapper - © Jamel Akib
Fashion movement illustration by Jamel Akib
headhunter headhunted jamel akib conceptual illustration
language therapy conceptual illustration jamel akib
Portrait of Pharrell Williams illustration by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Michael Fassbender illustration by Jamel Akib
Bottle illustration by Jamel Akib
Banana Colorful multicolored pattern, Red yellow and orange color background
Musical band, Man playing Trumpet, Festive mood jazz jamel akib
Asparagus with pink pattern, Herbal use, Green colour stems food jamel akib pastel
Portrait of man illustration by Jamel Akib
Lionel Messi portrait illustration by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Emma Watson, Harry potter actress - © Jamel Akib
Lady portrait illustration by Jamel Akib
People in the hotel, The Ritz palace, Colorful lights all around
Small Business concept illustration by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Daniel Craig illustration by Jamel Akib
Portrait of tribal woman - An illustration by Jamel Akib
Cherries in bowl, Red Fruits on yellow background jamel akib
Jazz Music in the party, Man playing Saxophone, Colorful background, energy and music
Bowl of Strawberries oil painting by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Nicholas Sarkozy - An ilustration Jamel Akib
Illustration of Roy Hodgson, England's Football Manager - © Jamel Akib
Attitude fashion strong woman in oil jamel akib
Portrait of Lana Del Rey illustration by Jamel Akib
Military Bereavement illustration by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Snoop Dogg illustration by Jamel Akib
Portrait of Tiny Tempah -An illustration by Jamel Akib
The Ritz Hotel, Musician playing Piano, People watching
Village man, Old person looking, Scared Expression pastel portrait
Tribal with beard, Man with red shawl, Feary Eyes
Afro retro seventies Girl in yellow dress, Teenager in the party, Colorful background jamel akib

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