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Jamel Akib

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Birth date   04.11.65
Introduction   Jamel Akib's professional career in art began early. Whilst still at art college in 1989, Jamel was selected to illustrate the cover of The Observer newspaper. This prestigious commission lead to the Observer inviting Jamel to illustrate regular lead columns by Simon Hoggart and Francis Wheen.  
Since then he has continued to gain recognition for his atmospheric chalk pastel work and has received many high profile commissions and awards.
Education   1989 BA Hons Degree in Illustration
Awards   1992 Maxwell Business Publishing ‘Best editorial’ award  
1993 Victoria and Albert Museum awards - ‘Highly commended’ award.  
1994 Victoria and Albert Museum awards - ‘Best Editorial’ award.  
1996 Creative Review magazine - ‘Best editorial’ award.  
2004 ‘Marion Vannet Ridgeway award’
Group Exhibitions   1990 Benson and Hedges Gold awards - Mayfair gallery, London  
1991 Images exhibition- Smiths Gallery, London  
1991 Readers Digest Awards, Smiths Gallery, London  
1992 The Guardian newspaper, Farringdon rd. London  
1993 Victoria and Albert Museum  
1994 Victoria and Albert Museum  
1996 Images exhibition- Smiths Gallery, London  
2002 Images exhibition- Royal College of Art, London  
2003 The Coningsby gallery, London  
2004 Images exhibition- best of British Illustration, The Mall galleries, London  
2004 The Focal Point gallery- 'Reflections' Three artists work  
2005 ASH gallery- two man show
Artist's Statement   My aim is to provide a portrait that accurately reflects the sitter but offers more than just a photo realist reproduction. I believe a portrait should have an element of atmosphere and personality unique to the sitter that a photograph cannot replicate.

Statement      I start with a relaxed meeting with the client, a short photographic session and possibly some notes for colour reference.This would usually be a morning or an afternoon and we would use this time to chat about any ideas the client might have.There are no long, inconvenient sittings!  
I then complete the portrait in my studio, from photographic reference.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 850    $null
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 1700    $null
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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