Jalaini Abu Hassan

Jalaini Abu Hassan: Bangsawan Kebangsaan

April 28, 2011 — June 24, 2011


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Tales of the Heroes, 2010

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 72 in. (137 x 183 cm)

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Bangsawan Melayu, 2010

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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The Blind Musician and the Angel, 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Mimpi Pak Kadok, 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Srikandi, 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Tengganu (Gincu Merah), 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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The Great Post-Colonial Landscape, 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Korban Kerbau Betina, 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Ikan Segar, 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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The Domesticated King of Prejudis, 2011

acrylic and bitumen on canvas

54 x 54 in. (137 x 137 cm)

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Installation View of "Bangsawan Kebangsaan" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 28 - June 24, 2011

 

 

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Installation View of "Bangsawan Kebangsaan" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 28 - June 24, 2011

 

 

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Installation View of "Bangsawan Kebangsaan" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 28 - June 24, 2011

 

 

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Installation View of "Bangsawan Kebangsaan" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, April 28 - June 24, 2011

 

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present Bangsawan Kebangsaan, a solo exhibition of new works by Jalaini Abu Hassan, taking place from April 28 – June 10, 2011. Jai, as he is also known, is one of Malaysia’s most highly respected contemporary artists. He returns to New York this spring for his first US solo exhibition in over ten years, comprising a new body of mixed media works on canvas and paper.

Malaysia has a dynamic and diverse contemporary art scene, which is still little known in the United States. Jai’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. The exhibition’s title refers to a form of Malay popular opera (Bangsawan) and the notion of the national (Kebangsaan) – something like a “National Operetta.” During its heyday from the 1920s through the ‘60s, Bangsawan combined Malay and Western styles, along with Indian and Chinese influences, and featured colorful, often satiric stories and stock characters such as the prince, shaman, and beautiful maiden. Jai remembers these performances as a main source of entertainment in the Malay village where he grew up in the 1960s and ‘70s. Like the Bangsawan operas, Jai’s show puns on ideas of cultural framing, political drama, and the artist on stage. In a sense Jai’s exhibition also constitutes a play about the artist’s own oeuvre, as themes and characters from his earlier works reappear here, as if to be introduced to New York audiences in a special performance.

Jai’s work is infused with references to traditional Malay life and culture while being actively engaged in contemporary developments in Malaysia’s rapidly changing society. His work is also informed by an international perspective and cosmopolitan outlook, the product of extensive graduate training abroad. Jai received an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London and an MFA 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 by the process of making the art object – as he restlessly pushes the boundaries of drawing and painting.

GENERAL PRESS

The Peak, Going West

June, 2011


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Art Asia Pacific, Bangsawan Kebangsaan, Jalaini Abu Hassan

June, 2011


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CityArts, Jalaini Abu Hassan: Bangsawan Kebangsaan

May, 2011


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The Jakarta Post, Malaysian painter breaks religious taboos with work

June, 2010


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Options Magazine, Jalaini Abu Hassan

May, 2010


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C-Arts, Chanang: The Reformasi*, Jai’s version

September, 2008


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Chanang, Jalaini Abu Hassan

2008


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50 Ways to Live in Malaysia, Jalaini Abu Hassan

2007


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Between Generations: 50 Years Across Modern Art in Malaysia

2007


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Jalak, Jalaini Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Contemporary

2006


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Petronas Art Collection: Series 3, Narrative Strains, Jalaini Abu Hassan

2005


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Masterpieces from the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Jalaini Abu Hassan

2002


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12 ASEAN artists, Jalaini Abu Hassan

2000


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Rupa Malaysia: A Decade of Art 1987-1997, Jalaini Abu Hassan

1998


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