Hashim Akib was born 1967 in England.
Before becoming a painter Akib worked as an illustrator in the UK for over 15 years where he lay the foundations to his drawing and learned about conceptual ideas and various painting techniques. His clients included NHS, British Airways and the Financial Times.
Throughout his career Akib has won many awards; including the SAA (Society of All Artists) Artist of the Year in 2009. His first book entitled 'Vibrant Acrylics' was published by Search Press in 2012 which has now been translated into French, German, Italian and Dutch and includes a companion DVD of the same name.
Akib has also taught his unique techniques to art schools in the UK, Italy and France.

Painting Style

Akib uses heavy textural paint and expressive brush strokes to bring greater depth and mood to each of his paintings. His subjects are predominately street scenes, preferably with crowds and strong sunlight, marinescapes and portraits. His style has developed over the years from being extremely detailed to becoming much bolder and freer with an impressionistic touch.


Exhibiting History

2004 'Reflections', Southend library, joint exhibition
2005 Recent paintings, Ash Gallery, Westcliff
2006 Light, Colour and Reality, solo exhibition of paintings, Rayleigh Mill Art Centre
2006 The Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries
2006 The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
2008 Beecroft Summer open
2008 McNeill Gallery, Hert
2008 Buckenham Galleries, Southwold
2008 Thompson's Galleries, Aldeburgh
2010 Battersea Art Fair
2012 Thompson's Galleries, Aldeburgh/ Marylebone
2012 Solo Show, Beecroft Gallery, Essex
2013 Group show 'A figurative exhibition curated by Lemon Art' Bankside Gallery, London
2013 Thompson's Galleries, Aldeburgh
2013 Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
2014 Inclusion in 'Who's Who in Art'
2015 Thompson's Galleries, Aldeburgh
2015 Aubrey Gallery, Joint Exhibition, Great Dunmow

2015 Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries

2016 'Artist's Painting Techniques', published by Dorling Kindersley
2017 'Painting Urban and Cityscapes', published by Crowood Press
2017 Online Course with Art Tutor
2017 Lynn Painter-Stainers Art Prize, Mall Galleries
2017 Pintar Rapido, judging, Chelsea
​2017 Demonstrations and workshop at Mall Galleries
2019 'Painting Portraits in Acrylics' published by Search Press
​2019 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries

Illustration Clients

Times newspapers, Time magazine, Royal Mail, Smirnoff, NHS, British Airways, Financial Times, WHSmith, New Yorker, Telegraph, Esso, Alliance and Leicester, Observer, Public Finance, Hotel Carterer, Practical Parenting, Bella, Womans Weekly, Family Circle, Nissan, Times Education Supplements, Electronics World, Broadcast, Community Care, Hawkins Bazaar, Heinemann Books, Institude of Directors, Irish Independent, Ideal Home, Toni Yoghurt, Scottish Amicable, Boots, Building Magazine

1996-99 Daily Mail Weekend, weekly illustration for supplement

2000-2002 Daily Express, weekly illustration for newspaper


1999-2001 Southend College, associate lecturer, Illustration
2001-2003 Southend Adult College, part time lecturer, Illustration/ Painting
2003 St Clements Hall, Leigh On Sea, painting class, ended 04
2005 St Peters, Westcliff and Leigh Sailing Club, painting class, ended
2005 On going demonstrations of art techniques to art groups around the UK
2006 Life workshop, intensive day workshop
2009 W.I Hall, Rayleigh, painting class
2010 W.I Hall, Rayleigh, twice monthly workshop
2012 onwards, Hadleigh Fire Station, twice monthly workshop
2012 onwards, articles for Artist and Illustrators, Pratique Des Arts, The Artist
2014 onwards, Arte Umbria, Le Clos De Lande Vallee, France
2015 Edinburgh


1987 Highly Commended, Cadbury's Young Artist of the Year
2000 Braintree Summer Open, Hannay Award
2001 Braintree Summer Open, Braintree District Council Award
2005 International Artist Publication, 'Favourite Subjects'
2005 Winner SAA Professional Artist 05
2006 The Artist, Patchings 06 Competition
2006 Winner SAA Best Animal/ Wildlife category
2007 Highly Commended SAA Townscape category
2007 Winner SAA Seascape category
2007 Winner SAA Professional Artist 07
2007 Third Prize, Artist & Illustrators Self Portrait Competition
2008 Winner SAA Best Abstract category
2008 Beecroft Summer Open, Winner Best Oil
2009 Winner SAA Artist of the Year 2009
Daler Rowney System 3 artwork

Demonstrations, Books and DVD

2010 'Lay It On Thick', Daler Rowney DVD
2011 Thompson's Galleries, Aldeburgh/ London
2011 Demonstrations at It's all About Art, Islington
2011 Demonstrator on Create and Craft shopping channel
2011 Demonstrations at Cass Art Store, Islington
2012 'Vibrant Acrylics' published by Search Press
2012 'Vibrant Acrylics' DVD