Jamel Akib was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, England, on the 4th November 1965 to mixed English and Malaysian parentage.
He moved to Sabah, North Borneo at the age of five before returning to England to pursue further education at the age of thirteen. He gained a BA honours Degree in Illustration in 1989.
He began working for the London Observer newspaper while sti...ll a student at art college, and has since become an award winning artist involved in many exhibitions and commissions.
His work, usually figurative in nature, tending to focus on animals or people, always contains a keen sense of movement and vigour. An energy and vitality is obvious in the depiction of a bird mid flight or a dancer pirouetting.
It's often obvious to see the initial sketched marks from his initial outlines in the final painting which convey not only the energy and potential of the subject, but also the artist’s hand at work.
He has so far illustrated the covers for three booker prize finalists and has a client list which includes National Geographic, The Economist, The Independent and more.