BADAS Meeting August 21st 2018 


The Weatherley Centre Biggleswade 


Hashim Akib 

Hashim worked as an illustrator for over 15 years and gradually began developing his own personalpaintings too.
He started to exhibit, demonstrate and run painting workshops and  has steadily built on this.He is now a represented

artist with galleries in London, Colchester, Surrey, Cheshire and he has won numerous awards. Please see his website for details.

He regularly contributes to ‘Artist and Illustrators’ magazine among others. He is the author of ‘Vibrant Acrylics’,

‘Painting Urban and Cityscapes’ and is a contributing author to Dorling Kindersley’s ‘Artist Painting Techniques’.

His latest, eagerly awaited book ‘Painting Portraits in Acrylic’ will be published by Search Press and is due out in 2019.

He is a firm favourite with our Society and last visited in November 2017, please see the write up for more

details of that occasion. This time he gave the audience a choice of photos from which to work, the winning choice was

a sunny street scene...not from the Uk !

His preferred paints are Amsterdam acrylics, all student quality except white which he buys in the Artists quality version.

He uses various sizes of brush, many quite large to get a lot done quickly!  and also a scraper (vinyl) to create varied

and interesting marks. His palette contains lots of bright neat colours which he applies directly without mixing too much

or blending on the canvas. He likes to paint in a ‘streaky’ style very quickly to capture a ‘lively’ mood on an already

painted canvas – usually magenta. He allows some of this colour to remain showing through for interest.

His desire to be unique, in order to get noticed and be remembered leads him to paint in an exciting way.

He gets in to the moment and doesn’t worry what people think or say anymore, he also enjoys

breaking the ‘rules’ and painting for himself.

 For this street scene he began by applying an Ochre colour composed

of many separate colours all together, very lively. In his usual way he quickly added more paint to mark areas of

light and dark and indicate human figures, T-shirts etc. He worked over the whole canvas to create a general

sense of the scene, without obsessive detail/accuracy. He never draws first as he prefers to consider calm and

lively marks and apply and adjust these. He works quickly because acrylic dries fairly fast…..constantly tweaking to correct,

manipulate, and refine the shapes until he is happy with them. Towards the end of a piece he focuses on the highlights

and sparkles eg a red jumper and always saves white touches until the end.

To avoid too much detail Hashim usually works on 2 or 3 paintings at the same time, producing work quickly,

stepping back and adjusting.