Jalaini Abu Hassan, Babi Harus, 2008, Mixed media on canvas, 152.5 x 183 cm
Jalaini Abu Hassan: CHANANG
14 Jun - 28 Jun 2008
opening: Saturday, 14 June 2008, at 6:30 pm
Regarded as one of Malaysia's leading painters, Jalaini Abu Hassan ("Jai") has over an impressive career continually pushed the boundaries of the painterly process, working with a range of materials and formal approaches to the canvas and paper. His subject matter has generally been rooted in local experience - the shapes and textures of the specific cultures that surround him.
Chanang sees Jai narrowing in on his thematic explorations, concentrating on more specific political narratives. He brings to his first solo exhibition in Jakarta a keen discernment of the current social political climate of Malaysia, while at the same time, exhibiting a radical deployment of pop strategies that draws these issues into his new body of works.
Flying pigs, parched rice fields, and dour-faced politicians mark their irreverent entries into Jai's pictorial vocabulary as the artist wrestles, from the uncertainty of our times, a context marked equally by both hope and anxiety. His narratives come alive with elements of traditional Malay and modern global culture, creating juxtapositions that often explore the antagonism and disquietude between the two models of living as his subjects articulate the misgivings as well as the conflicting values that make up contemporary Malaysian experience.
Jalaini Abu Hassan or "Jai" was born in Selangor in 1963. With a father in the British army, he spent his childhood moving around army bases in the country. Graduating from Institut Teknologi MARA (now UiTM) in 1985, he went on to gain a scholarship to study at the famous Slade School of Fine Art in London and later the Pratt Institute in New York. Since his return in 1995, he has gone on to build an exemplary career as an educator, lecturing at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM ) for over ten years, and as an artist, while fathering two children.
Jai's story is one of change, struggle, adaptability, survival and good fortune. His work holds a special place in contemporary Malaysian art, consistently exploring and pushing the boundaries of painting in new and exciting ways, while investigating local forms and local life as he has experienced them. His powerful drawings and progressive approach to painting, using a wide range of materials, have earned him a considerable reputation among fellow artists, collectors and the art-loving public.
Jai has exhibited in Malaysia, Singapore, China, the USA, the UK and also in Spain and Iraq. Some of the noted exhibitions he has participated in include 12 ASEAN Artists (2002) and Malaysian Art NOW (2004) at the National Art Gallery, and international art fairs such as Art Singapore and Melbourne Art Fair 2006. His works are in the collection of the National Art Gallery in Malaysia, and in private, corporate and gallery collections around the world.
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Jalaini Abu Hassan: CHANANG runs from 14 - 28 June 2008 at:
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