Hamid Kamyab is an award winning artist based out of London, England. After graduating from the London School of Art, Hamid worked for several well-known galleries where he further developed his knowledge and understanding of the art world.
Despite his professional success, his long-term goal was to showcase his own pieces and he eventually made the transition to full-time artist. Hamid now works out of his studio in central London and is known mostly for his abstract pieces. Hamid’s most recent collection explores the connections between social media and mental health, and he is looking forward to unveiling his work later this year. When he isn’t creating, Hamid also enjoys mentoring up-and coming artists throughout the city.
What was the inspiration behind your line of work?
I’ve always been a creative individual so I wanted a career that would really allow me to explore that side of myself. It wasn’t until university that I really pursued art in a professional capacity. I was always encouraged to go to school for business or science as those were the jobs that would provide long-term career stability. Looking back, I am glad that I trusted my own instincts and went for what I was truly passionate about.
What defines your way of doing business?
My way of doing business is probably unlike most people’s. I’m an artist so it is all about the process. For example, if I am working on a commission then my job is to bring an individual’s vision to life. I need to really understand where they are coming from and brainstorm ways to make it happen.
What keys to being productive can you share?
My key to productivity is taking well deserved breaks. I find that I am at my best when I am fully rested and can completely concentrate on my tasks at hand. I’m all about working hard for what you want but if you don’t look after your mental and physical health then you’ll likely suffer from stress and burnout later on.
Tell us one long-term goal in your career.
Opening my own studio was always a long-term goal of mine and it is one of the best things I have ever done. I go to work every day and I truly love what I do. Not everyone has that kind of opportunity. One of my long-term goals would be to expand my business and open multiple studios throughout London.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
I recently started mentoring several up-and-coming artists. Early on in my career I wish I’d had someone to really lean on when it came to discussing my work and future objectives. While I of course valued all of the constructive feedback of my professors and peers, having someone in my personal life would have given me that extra push I needed.
How do you maintain a solid work life balance?
As a business owner it is easier for me to establish certain boundaries between my personal and professional obligations. I have several amazing individuals who work under me and who I can always count on when I need a day or two off to simply de-stress. Part of my creative process is also finding places and objects which inspire me. Sometimes at lunch I’ll take a quick walk through my local park, and I find that helps get me through the rest of the day.
What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?
To never live for others. I was fortunate enough that when I decided to pursue art professionally my family was very supportive, so I feel as though I was able to take a path less traveled. I know many are not so lucky, but I still encourage them to listen to their heart.
What does success look like to you?
Success is having the opportunity to challenge myself daily. When an idea strikes me, I am able to go up to my studio and work on my art. There is so much freedom in what I do, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
What is one piece of advice you would like to leave our readers with?
Don’t expect to be successful overnight. It took ages for me to really find myself in terms of self-expression. It took even longer to make my dreams a reality. Work at your own pace and never compare yourself to others.