about me

Although I am the first generation of my family born in England, my Sierra Leonean & Lebanese heritage directly informs my practice. I aim to empower often marginalised minorities through the exploration of identity within portraiture. Using my drawings to start an ongoing discourse confronting socio-political issues, specifically regarding the perception of various demographics as being of lesser humanistic value. With the disenfranchised often being undermined by mainstream media; which somewhat paradoxically reflects an archaic hierarchy of status similar to colonial ideologies. 

 

Using antique texts and maps as the canvases for my works has been a constant within my practice. This process of re-contextualising ephemera creates a cohesion between the concepts informing 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. Usually using myself or family members as the subjects of my portraits creates a sense of immediacy, apropos to navigating the intersection of my western upbringing and familial west African culture. 

 

Regularly drawing with ballpoint 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.

Habib Hajallie with self portrait.jpeg

Habib Hajallie's CV