Lot 7 | Auction XXV


B. Selangor, 1963


Mixed media on paper

111.5 x 75.5 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 8,000 – RM 12,000


The artist manages to create motion in this scene, as the audience can imagine feathers and wings beating around in fast motion. Biring departs from Yusof Ghani’s paintings of masks, forms and nature as he concentrates on cockfighting, using it as a symbol of courage and conflict among Man.

Since then, he has been actively pursuing his passion in the Malaysian art scene while lecturing at UiTM. Jai’s work is known to evolve around contemporary objects and issues and has been exhibited in private and public art spaces around the country as well as abroad. He has won awards as an artist while some of his works are permanent collections in corporations and public art galleries like the Balai Seni Lukis Negara and PETRONAS Gallery.

He returned to New York in the spring of 2011 for his first US solo exhibition in over ten years, comprising a new body of mixed media works on canvas and paper. Jai’s exhibition gave American audiences a rare opportunity for an in-depth viewing of the work of one
of Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists. The exhibition’s title refers to a form of Malay popular opera (Bangsawan) and the notion of the national (Kebangsaan). Jai’s work is infuses references of traditional Malay culture, while actively engaging contemporary developments in Malaysia’s rapidly changing society. Ever since his first solo show in London in 1987, his work has appeared in almost sixty exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.