NEW YORK, May 1 (Bernama) -- With the theme "Bangsawan Kebangsaan" (National
Operetta), Jailani Abu Hassan, a contemporary artist from Malaysia is back to
this city in an effort to showcase his solo work which he called "Cerita Kita"
to the Big Apple audience.
The two-week exhibition, which kicked off on Thursday night, took place at
Tyler Rollins Fine Art (TRFA) gallery in Chelsea, the famous area and also home
to most of the art galleries and museums in Manhattan island.
Jailani, 47, returned to the city with 12 art works, comprising a new body
of mixed media works on canvas and paper for his first US solo exhibition in
over ten years.
His first solo in New York was in 2000.
Speaking to Bernama during the launch of the exhibition, he said: "I want to
showcase my works on culture which is an integral part of me. Yes, I am also
here (New York) in a quest for knowledge but my works are about our (my) story."
"I was born in a small village, and all of a sudden there was London, New
York. I think it helped me to look at myself again.
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"I was no longer a small kid from the kampong. I had bigger responsibilities
as a teacher too. I could see myself as absorbing or borrowing or adopting
certain foreign elements, digesting, re-creating and sharing.
"Both things have become the core ingredient in most of my work - the global
and international, and this little kampung Malay retro-culture," he said.
Jailani is also an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Art and
Design at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
On preparations for the exhibition, he said TRFA contacted him Kuala Lumpur
late last year to tell him that they were interested in showcasing his works in
It took him four months to get read with all costs borne by TRFA.
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Jailani received his masters degree from the Slade School of Fine Arts in
London and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York.
It was while living in New York City that he first began to paint with
bitumen, which has since become one of his principal media.
Since his first solo show in London in 1987, his work has appeared in almost
sixty exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.
He remains fascinated by the power of iconic imagery, whether traditional or
contemporary, and restlessly pushes the boundaries of drawing and painting.
Meanwhile, Tyler Rollins, the owner of TRFA, said: "Jailani’s work is
infused with references to traditional Malay life and culture while being
actively engaged in contemporary Malaysia’s rapidly changing society.
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“My gallery’s primary focus is on contemporary art from Southeast Asia, and
I generally feature solo exhibitions by well established artists with strong
"During my visits to Malaysia over the past few years, I have of course seen
a lot of Jailani’s work and was always very impressed with his depth and range.
"Malaysia has such a dynamic and diverse contemporary art scene, which is
still little known in the United States, and I think Jailani’s exhibition will
give American audiences a rare opportunity for an in-depth viewing of the work
of one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists,” he said.
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