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Lot 019

b. Selangor, 1963


Signed and dated 'Jai 1999 K.Lumpur' lower right
Mixed media on canvas
183cm x 122cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 35,000 - 50,000
Jalaini Abu Hassan, better known as Jai, inherited his artistic panache from his maternal grandfather who practiced traditional woodcarving. As a young boy, his visual interest was cultivated through comics and illustrated books. Growing up in Taiping, Perak has left an indelible imprint on Jai as the appropriation of rustic themes was later used in his works.

Beliung Temah Didik is a classic Jai – domestic appliances and utensils are spread across like photographic images embedded in his mind projected straight onto the canvas.

It is a crowded field combining kitchen utensils used by the Malays such as cooking pot and rattan fan; basket fish-traps used to supplement income; and plants with medicinal properties such as ginger, mengkudu and lotus. It is part-nostalgia about tradition and culture, after a refamiliarisation with the disappearing kampung spirit and lifestyle. The work is suffused with the sensuous colours and stains associated with the artist, especially after his return from studies in New York. But the backdrop used is unusually more compartmentalised instead of the more homogenous ‘wallpaper.’ The title Beliung Temah Didik sits on a demarcated background shade near the centre top.

Jalaini Abu Hassan graduated with a BA (Fine Art) at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1985.
He obtained his first MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1988. Upon his return from New York after receiving his second MFA (Pratt Institute, 1994), he unveiled his signature Tradisi Melayu still life at the exhibition Lifeform at Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1996. His awards include the Major Award in the highly coveted Young Contemporary Artists competition in 1985, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Gold Award in 1991, First Prize (Drawing) in the Murray Hill Art Competition (New York) in 1994, and the Rado Switzerland Commission Award in 2005. He has participated in exhibitions such as 12 ASEAN Artists (2002) and Malaysian Art Now (2004) at National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur and international art fairs such as Art Singapore and Melbourne Art Fair 2006. Jai is currently undergoing his PhD in Studio Practice Research in Painting from the UiTM Shah Alam where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art and Design.

Drawing With the Mind’s Eye, Rusli Hashim Fine Art, 1999.