Habib Hajallie

Based London, UK
Habib Hajallie


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.



  • 2014 - 2017: Fine Art BA, Loughborough University
  • 2013 - 2014: Art & Design Foundation diploma, Ravensbourne University

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

  • 2019: Royal Society of British Artists: Rising Stars - Royal Over-Seas League, London
  • 2019: G R A F T - Harris Museum, Preston
  • 2019: UK Young Artists City Takeover 2019 - Backlit Gallery, Nottingham
  • 2018: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 - South London Gallery
  • 2018: The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Annual Open 2018 – Exeter Castle, Devon
  • 2018: Arts Depot Open 2018 - Arts Depot, London
  • 2018: Liverpool Biennal: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 - Liverpool School of Art & Design, Liverpool
  • 2018: Isle of Wight Pride hosts UK Pride - Ryde Beach, Isle of Wight
  • 2018: Winter Pride Art Awards: Isle of Wight Exhibition - Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
  • 2018: Royal Society of British Artists: Rising Stars - Framers Gallery, London
  • 2018: Emerald Winter Pride Open - The House of St. Barnabas, London
  • 2018: Signature Art Prize – finalist – Degree Art
  • 2018: ­Bloomberg New Contemporaries – class of 2018 – New Contemporaries
  • 2017: Barbican Arts Group Trust Open - Artworks Project Space, London
  • 2017: Diaspora Dialogue - Winns Gallery, London
  • 2017: New Artists Fair - The Old Truman Brewery, London
  • 2017: Free Range Graduate Show - The Old Truman Brewery, London
  • 2017: Loughborough Fine Art Degree Show - Loughborough Gallery, Loughborough
  • 2017: I Luv U: A Celebration of Grime Culture - Stour Space, London


  • 2018: WordPower: Language as Medium – LibraryX
  • 2018: Poly Voices 2018 – Lungs Project
  • 2016: Art’s Next Generation - Art & Framing Today magazine


  • Award winner
  • Exhibited in renowned institution

Purchase artwork by Habib Hajallie

  • 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.


Discover more emerging artists

Browse artists profiles

Delivery & Returns


Artworks are professionally packaged by us or the artist. Packaging and delivery method will vary according to the type of work. Shipping is free for any artwork. 


If you are a customer living in the European Union, the legal return period is 14 days after receipt of your order. Please note that returns are only possible if in accordance with the Terms & Conditions. If you want to return an item please contact us via info@artpiq.net first. Please note that you cannot return the artwork without contacting us beforehand, as in this case the artwork will not be insured. ARTPIQ is not responsible for any damages or loss occurring through unauthorised return shipping and will in this case not be able to release your refund.


Newsletter signup