KAREEM ILIYA

The key signatures of fashion illustrators obviously vary from one illustrator to another: with some it is the weight of line, for example, and with others it is the media used. With Kareem Iliya there are two key elements that characterize his work. First, there is the colour palette – a constant in his work, to which he returns again and again. An edited series of shades, encompassing the richness of damson and other winestained reds and plums, is combined with the opaque and powdery tones of ochre and mustard. Then there is the atmosphere with which all Iliya’s work is imbued. This is a shadowed world of silhouettes and vapour, where his characters and the objects that surround them exist in a realm of ultimate sophistication ...

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