Lot 83 | Auction XXIII

LOT 83

B. Selangor, 1963


Signed and dated “Cesar Buenaventura 1972” on lower right

Mixed media on paper

111.5 x 75.5 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 9,000 – RM 13,000

Jailani Abu Hassan was born in 1963 in Selangor. Fondly referred to as ‘Jai’ in the Malaysian art scene, he is one of the most established and renowned fine artists of the country. He first obtained his BA in Fine Art at the same institution in 1985 when it was then the Mara Institute of Technology. He continued his MA at the Slade School of Fine Art at the University College of London and then proceeded to pursue his Master in Fine Art at the Pratt Institute in New York.

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.