Lot 4 | 3 October 2021





B. Selangor, 1963

Desember Lewat Hujung, 1999

Signed and dated “Jai 1999 K Lumpur” on lower right

Mixed media on paper

75 x 57 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 6,000 – RM 12,000

Jai is a natural poet, and his paintings tell their own mysticism, poetry, the Malay culture, social commentaries as well as his own biography. This includes Desember Lewat Hujung. Though confusing at first, his works are seamless yet are contrasting in pictorial designs which grabs the attention of viewers, luring them to inspect further. When he reached the sixth form, Jai had decided to pursue his passion for drawing and painting, subsequently enrolling himself at the Mara Institute of Technology (ITM), a fine art educational institution in the country. After his graduation in 1985, at the height of an economic recession, the artist partook in Anak Alam, a haven for Malay artists and poets established by artist-poet Latiff Mohidin in the 1970’s, during which he survived by doing odd jobs. Nonetheless, that year, he won first prize at the National Art Gallery’s Young Contemporaries Art Competition where he won an ASEAN travel grant to Manila and was granted a scholarship to study at The Slade School of Fine Art in London.