January 1, 2020


by Emily Gruz - Jalya Writer

Aatif Jutt is an Edmonton based artist. He paints anything from cars, to celebrities, and even abstract traditional Arabic scripture. Aatif has recently launched his online store called, Aatif Studios, for all of his artwork. Be sure to check him out!


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When did you start your business? Was there something/someone who inspired you?

I started my business about two years ago, close to the end of 2018. I was inspired by a few world renowned artists that turned their passion into a career. I was initially in school for computer engineering, but later chose to pursue my true passion rather than what was said to be a “good” career.

Follow your dreams!

Would you say you reached all of your goals since you started or do you have more to achieve?

Yes, I think through true love of the work and passion, that anything is possible. I have achieved a lot a goals so far, Alhamdulilah, which just means I need to push myself further and push to reach higher up!


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What are the ups and downs when dealing with the Arab community?

Everyone is supportive of the work, and I’m glad to be able to have my artwork around the Arab community. I feel there should be more support and representation for artists in the community, as art has true power.

What would you change if you had to do it all over again?

I would choose to have been more confident in my passion and started earlier! I feel the time is always now, keep smiling and taking the next step with faith.

What challenges has Covid-19 brought to you and your business and how did you overcome them?

Artwork isn’t the first thing that people are looking to buy whilst the economy is struggling, and when we are uncertain about the future. However, I feel art creates a warm space at home and with everyone being in lockdown/quarantine people had a chance to reorganize their environment and decorate their space.

So business hasn’t been too bad, Alhamdulilah. The focus has always been on creating better art, and what yields from that in regards to business will always come with honest work and passion. :)


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