Ali Jammal, better known as AJ, is a renowned abstract artist in Toronto’s art scene. AJ started his career in the city of Toronto where he quickly rose in the local art scene through his unique and innovative approach to art. His artwork has been praised by critics and collectors for its stunning and thought-provoking visual style. Through his brand EyJay Inc., he was commissioned to create unique artworks which are now displayed in the homes of various A-list celebrities such as NBA Star Tristan Thompson and certified double platinum-selling artist Preme. He continues to receive commissions from well-known celebrities and public figures to this day.
His artworks consist of abstract shapes which are mainly executed with a wide range of acrylic paint. The painting is then enhanced with a resin-based finish in order to achieve a glossy texture. This in turn interacts with the ambient light to reveal various new patterns and colors, making the painting truly come to life. Moreover, the use of bright and powerful colors creates a high contrast, especially on black or white surfaces. The artist is also experienced with the technique of stenciling and the use of gold sheets as embellishment. The abstract shapes aim to interpret and explore the inner feelings and the unconscious, therefore directly involving the spectator in his visual creation. AJ describes the process behind his art as such: “When working through despair, the piece may start with a range of anger and end with a touch of peace”.
However, as the pandemic hit, he was forced like many other people to re-evaluate his priorities and to focus on more important matters. He spent more time in his studio, exploring art in various new ways that led him to experiment more with textures and different painting techniques. Moreover, he also experimented with colors and paint volume, in order to achieve better results. This experimental approach allowed AJ to produce some of his best work so far. Regarding his experience during this troubled period, AJ stated: “I am grateful for the opportunities that the pandemic has given me, and I think it has made me a better artist. Everyone needs an outlet to express themselves. If you’re finding yourself stuck in a dark place, finding your creative outlet can be the most liberating experience ever”. The artist also expressed the importance of the pursuit of one’s own aspirations in order to achieve a personal and emotional benefit.
EyJay, the company behind Aj’s art, has showcased his work in various exhibitions held at Project gallery in 1109 Queen Street East, in Toronto. He was able to share his talent with the public in the “Solo Exhibition” in 2017, “Future Landscape” in 2018, and “Clarity” in 2019. Following calls to exhibit in the USA and Europe, the artist is very eager to showcase his art around the world. His future plans include holding exhibits in various cities in the United States such as Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, and hopefully holding similar events in Paris and London. Most of AJ’s artworks today are showcased and available to purchase on his website at eyjayinc.com.