Habib Hajallie

Based London, UK
Habib Hajallie

About

Habib Hajallie has graduated from Loughborough University in 2017.

 

Although born in Southeast London, my Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage usually feeds directly into my practice. I look to convey a sense of empowerment to often marginalised ethnic groups through the exploration of ethnic identity.

 

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  • Achievements & Goals

    • Winning the Fine Art Trade Guild Student Artist Award 2016
    • Being chosen as one of the 2018 Bloomberg New Contemporaries
    • My main ambition is to continue being able to make art full-time
  • Genre & Style

    • A combination of contemporary realistic portraiture and socio-political art
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • I seek to create a discourse confronting socio political issues with regards to the perception of various demographics being perceived of having varied humanistic value. With the disenfranchised often being undermined by the mainstream media; which somewhat paradoxically reflects an archaic hierarchy of status showing similarities with colonial ideologies. Such ethnocentrisms are still present to a certain extent within modern society. I want to show works depicting people of colour in positions of power and positivity.
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • I sporadically sell original pieces online and somewhat regularly sell prints
    • I balance my time between making commissioned artworks or individual clients and working on my own art practice
  • Technique & Material

    • Using antique texts and maps as the canvases for my works has been a constant within my practice. This process of bringing new value to often disregarded items creates a cohesion between the concepts behind the work and the aesthetic output. As I empower various figures; I simultaneously do so with the ground used as I place them within new contexts.
    • Regularly drawing with pen enables me to call upon traditional draughtsmanship techniques, influenced by sketches from the high renaissance. Through an almost contradictory process of using this relatively modern art medium with a classical approach to mark making: I look to celebrate authentic drawing within the digital age.

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