Vibrant Bird Paintings Capture the Beauty of Feathered Friends in Flight

Bird Paintings by Jamel Akib

Capturing a bird mid-flight is difficult enough with a camera, but English artist Jamel Akib manages to do so with oil paint. From hummingbirds to blue tits, each vibrant painting beautifully captures the energetic flutter of birds through thick brushstrokes and expressive mark-making.

Akib has a background in illustration, having previously worked for the London Observer newspaper while still a student at art college. He has since become an award-winning artist, working primarily with oil paint on canvas. His portfolio showcases a broad range of subjects, but his bird paintings in particular highlight the artist’s excellent use of color and his impressive ability to capture movement.

Akib loads thick daubs of oil paint onto his paint brushes, palette knives, and other kitchen utensils. He then works quickly to apply each color to the canvas, layer by layer, starting with the background and ending with vibrant swathes of paint for the birds' colorful plumage. “[I] love these little birds as a source of abstract color and movement,” says Akib. “I find that if I don't paint these guys fast, all movement is lost.”

Scroll down to check out some of Akib’s beautiful bird paintings and find more from his portfolio on Instagram.

Painter Jamel Akib beautifully captures the energetic movements of birds, mid-flight.

Bird Paintings by Jamel Akib

Each piece is rendered by quickly applying oil paint to the canvas using palette knives and paint brushes.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Jamel Akib.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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