A Jersey City Artist Success Story - Habib Ayat

Habib Ayat has lived and worked as an artist in Jersey City for the past 9 years. Habib's art includes abstracts, cityscapes, and abstract figurative choices, typically using bold colors. Habib's website "Habibart" can be found online. To contact the artist you can email him at habib at habibart.com.

Jersey City, NJ, June 18, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Tunisian born artist Habib Ayat has now opened a studio/gallery in downtown Jersey City, on the corner of Marin Blvd and 1st - across from PJ Ryan's pub.

Habib's colorful abstracts, cityscapes and abstract landscapes have been the choice of Jersey City's new elite roster of professionals, moving into up and coming downtown Jersey City locations such as Waldo Lofts, Grove Pointe, the Gulls, and 150 Bay Street in the Powerhouse Arts District among others.

He has participated in numerous downtown Jersey City events, including First Friday's, a Jersey city "first Friday of the month" event where open artist studios, free music events and other arts events can be explored in the historic downtown. He has also participated in the annual Jersey City Art Studio Tour, typically held in the fall each year.

Habib's website "Habibart" can be found online. To contact the artist you can email him at habib at habibart.com.

"My work is about color and form," Habib says. "I have a great passion for color, line,and composition. I believe the most complex emotions can be evoked from the simplest of forms. My style explores the relationship between colors, shapes and structures living within irrational thoughts and emotions. I begin a piece very spontaneously and become more detailed as the composition starts to show itself. The process involves layering. The first layers are the most erratic and freeform, similar to automatic writing.

"Paint is applied liberally during this time creating thick textures. I sometimes add other elements like gels, pigments and collage in these early layers. I notice different characters and forms in the middle of the process, which I then nurture and allow to develop almost at their own will. There comes a point in every painting when I surrender control over to the work, and it decides the rest of the composition. I derive titles in the same spontaneous fashion that the work is created. They are intended to give the painting an identity and character.

"My color theory, which seems to be the most immediate aspect of my work to the viewer, is very instinctive and unorthodox. Non objective abstract art is difficult to fathom, and this keeps the viewer interested and encourages them to explore and tap into their own imagination and creativity."

When asked about his journey as an artist, Habib replies, "I have never really swallowed the idea of following "the rules". It never seemed to be a creative option. I realized that what I want is to really express my art in my own way. Experimenting and trying new ways has kept me excited and enthusiastic about working as an artist. Knowing my natural tendencies and accepting myself as I am has made all the difference in my search."

Carol Deminski
Carol is wife of artist