Habib Hajallie


Location: London
Website: www.habibhajallie.com

My Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage tends to feed directly into my practice. I look to convey a sense of empowerment to often marginalised ethnic groups in the western world, through the exploration of cultural identity.

Within my practice, I seek to create a discourse regarding society’s perception of people to be of varying humanistic values. With the disenfranchised lower earners and ethnic minorities usually being undermined by the mainstream media. This hierarchy of status shows a somewhat paradoxical reflection of colonial ideals in relation to the transatlantic slave trade.

My intrigue in using found objects as 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 seek to empower various figures; I simultaneously seek to do so with the ground used.

The regular use of biro pen enables me to use traditional draughtsman techniques, taking influence from Da Vinci’s sketches during the high renaissance.
Through an almost contradictory process of using the relatively modern art medium, the biro with this classical approach to mark making: I look to bring portraiture back to the forefront of contemporary art.


March 2018 Royal Society of British Artists: Rising Stars Framers Gallery, London

January 2018 Emerald Winter Pride Open The House of St. Barnabas, London

November 2017 Barbican Arts Group Trust Open Artworks Project Space, London

October 2017 Diaspora Dialogue Winns Gallery, London

September 2017 New Artists Fair The Old Truman Brewery, London

July 2017 Free Range Graduate Show The Old Truman Brewery, London

June 2017 Loughborough Fine Art Degree Show Loughborough Gallery, Loughborough

April 2017 I Luv U: A Celebration of Grime Culture Stour Space, London

December 2016 Perpetual Flux MTC, Coventry

September 2016 New Artists Fair The Old Truman Brewery, London

May 2016 Guild Artists Exhibition Guild Gallery, London

February 2016 Royal Society of British Artists: Rising Stars Lloyds Register Gallery, London

May 2015 Face Off: portrait exhibition Loughborough Gallery, Loughborough

April 2015 Art in Mind Brick Lane Gallery, London