The Industrial Players
Bitumen and acrylic on canvas / 183 x 213cm / 2014
Jalaini Abu Hassan (b. 1963, Selangor, Malaysia) first obtained his BA in Fine Art at what was then the Mara Institute of Technology, Shah Alam (1985), went on to further his studies in London at the Slade and continued to pursue his Master in Fine Art at the Pratt Institute in New York before returning home (1994). An established and renowned artist, he is an important and influential personality in the Malaysian visual art circle and academe. Currently undergoing his PhD in Studio Practice Research in Painting from the Universiti Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam, he is also the Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art and Design’s graduate programme. His next solo will be his twenty-fifth. A quintessential Jai would be tableaux of text and image. With an expansive body of works referencing elements of traditional world, modern global culture, natural and man-made environment, and a melting pot that is the Malaysian experience. The work process is a labour intensive mark making exercises, apparent through his use of acrylic, watercolour, bitumen and charcoal. He expresses an intuitive if not raw and infectious energy, embracing life and all that it encompasses fuelled by his tenacity and enthusiasm.