Idris Habib and the icons of everyday life

Idris Habib's work is cultured, vibrant, textured and bold. His work is powerful and engaging, while questioning the image of the African-American. Indeed, Idris seeks to promote the "lambda" African-American who is neither an icon nor a martyr. Thus, we find in his work a succession of powerful portraits with looks as deep as they are expressive, reminiscent of the strength of the Italian primitives.

Idris learned his trade by travelling the world. A self-proclaimed citizen of the world, he has been travelling since childhood and finds his inspiration in African, European and American street art, galleries and museums.

"Inspiration is a force; others are the source of the artist in me. I find myself particularly drawn to musicians like Sun Ra, Jimi Hendrix and jazz legends like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and Nina Simone. Music in general is an integral part of my life and work. I believe that art is based on the idea that sharing the creativity of others sparks the greatest forms of creativity in you, that it encourages you to look at your environment and community and that this sharing initiates creative visions, nourishing hope in yourself and inspiring others.

My work questions the role we play in this world as humans but also as our own identities, whether black, white, yellow, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or whatever we choose to believe in. I believe that you don't have to be coloured to play a shining role in this world. Your actions, whether good or bad, will be the mark you leave on others to contemplate and/or follow. It is important to remember that you are human first. (...) My painting is not about any theory or -ism. There is no content other than the image and what it shows. There is no need for political messages. The lines themselves are visual evidence of the energy and process we go through as people of colour. " - Idris Habib

193 Gallery will host the artist's first Parisian solo show this summer.

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