Lot 050

b. Selangor, 1963


Signed and dated 'Jai '92 NY' (lower right)
Mixed media on canvas
183cm x 183cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 45,000 - 60,000

A remarkably rare and early piece by Jalaini Abu Hassan, or popularly known as Jai, Sesiput represents a transition in striking a balance between his dual cross-Atlantic training, with the British staidness and structural system on one hand, and the more free-wheeling eclectic approach of the Americans. He wrote: “If Slade (School of Fine Art, London) equipped me with the rules of a good painter, Pratt (Institute, New York) stripped me off and let me loose. Of course, to break the rules, you must master the rules.” Apart from reflecting his yearning for home, with tradition and culture, and for a reconnection with Nature, it pushes the envelope of still-life as a static fixed object, but in this work, he spreads his objects all over, with mini decals for the four corners. In Jalak (Valentine Willie Fine Art, 2006), he wrote: “Lifeform is concerned with documenting the visual dialogue between artist and nature, the interior and the exterior world, micro and macro.” He confided to being inspired in these works by the writings of Rumi and Al-Ghazali celebrating “the inner life of the tangible world – leaves, shells, fish, flowers, pebbles and sand, twigs and branches”. Jalaini Abu Hassan graduated with a BA (Fine Art) at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1985, the year he clinched the highly coveted Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists exhibition. He obtained his first Masters of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 1988 and his second MFA at the Pratt Institute in New York in 1994. His other major awards include 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 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.