About the Artist
Sharif Tarabay is a Montreal based illustrator who has achieved international recognition for his realistic illustration style. Mr. Tarabay has earned numerous awards including CAPIC (1 gold and 3 bronze), ADDY (3 Gold awards), AOI and Communication Arts prizes. His work is influenced by the works and underlying principles of the old masters, particularly van Dyck, Da Vinci and 18th century neoclassicists such as Louis David and J.D. Ingres. Although he works in many different media, his preferences are oil, acrylic on stretched linen and the ‘encaustic’ technique–a wax medium which was used 2000 years ago by the Greeks and Egyptians. He has also grown with the times and incorporated digital media when applicable.
His work has run the gamut from several illustrations for the roll out for the 2008 season of Big Love for HBO which included print, promotion and billboards, to portraits of celebrities such as Michael Moore for V Magazine, Nick Cave of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds for Mojo Magazine, The Arctic Monkeys–a portrait of the group for Mojo, Alain Delon for Der Spiegel magazine, Robert Mondavi of Robert Mondavi Wines and Canada Post.
Mr. Tarabay’s clients have included Atkins, The Army’s Army, Bayer, British Airways, Coca-Cola, General Cigar, Esquire, Harlequin Books (over 300 covers), HBO, Heineken, Nike, Ocean Spray, Paramount Pictures, Saturday Evening Post, Variety Magazine, Vanity Fair, People magazine, Mojo Magazine (England), GQ magazine (England) and Der Spiegel (Germany) and Xerox.
When not creating, Mr. Tarabay loves 18th century art, music and antiques along with football, or as we call it – soccer, and coaching his three children in the sport.