“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.”
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.
Jamel Akib was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, England, on the 4th November 1965 to mixed English and Malaysian parentage. He moved to Sabah, North Borneo at the age of five and returned to England to pursue further education at the age of thirteen. He gained a BA honours Degree in Illustration in 1989.
He has so far illustrated the covers for three booker prize finalists.
Jamel is represented by Illustration Ltd. in London, New York and Singapore.
He lives in Salisbury, England with his wife and two boys.
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