JALAINI ABU HASSAN
B. Selangor, 1963
Signed, dated and titled “Jai 2020 Kulat” on lower right
Mixed media on paper
84 x 59 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 8,000 – RM 12,000
Jai’s work is described as, “A complex ambiguity where the significance of each work competes and distorts the understanding of the next. The responsibility of meaning therefore lies primarily in the selection of the viewer…as guided by their own experiences.” The artist is a natural poet, and his paintings have told their own stories: culture, mysticism, poetry, the Malay culture, social commentaries as well as his own biography.
They may seem confusing at first, his works, but the seamless yet contrasting way the pictorial designs flow into each other seem to grab the attention of the viewer, calling them to inspect it further. After having graduated from MARA Institute of Technology in Fine Art in 1985, he went on to obtain his masters in Slade School of Fine Art in London in 1988 and in Pratt Institute in 1994. Among the awards he has won include the 2005 Rado Switzerland Commission Award’s first prize, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Gold Award in 1991 and the Major Award from the Young Contemporary Artists exhibition in 1985.