The 1986 catalogue of Datuk Ibrahim Hussein’s retrospective exhibition (Ibrahim Hussein: A Retrospective held at the then National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur) claims that the late artist began drawing his distinctive lines in 1975 when his wife Datin Sim Hussein gave him some graphic pens.
What is the significance of the lemon motif in Jalaini Abu Hassan’s enigmatic work, Hallucination of Facts in Ungrounded History? By any measure, the 244cm by 305cm diptych is a giant painting depicting Malaysian themes and references.
Speaking with Jalaini Abu Hassan, we get glimpses of his methodology and his thought process.
Interview by Alexandra Tan
On the lemons:
Part of the series entitled On Beauty that was completed between 2006 and 2011, the painting portrays a lady’s face surrounded by bright red roses and the faint outline of trees. The title itself reflects the illusory nature of beauty – a depiction of how a paper rose is, after all, mere paper in the end and not real.
Top art collectors at the Kuala Lumpur preview of The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale on June 29 have earmarked what have caught their fancy.
Besides the VIP guests and collectors at the June 20 preview held at the newly-opened art space known as The Edge Galerie in Mont’Kiara Meridin, there has been a steady stream of visitors including many new collectors.
The preview which ends on June 27 is open from 11am till 7pm.
Among the favourites are Chang Fee Ming’s Trail of Zheng He – Semarang, which caught the eye of some of Kuala Lumpur’s leading art collectors.
Valued at RM2mil, the 32 paintings and a sculpture to be sold at The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale of Modern & Contemporary Malaysian Art on June 29 offer seasoned collectors and serious art investors the chance to acquire artworks of excellent provenance.
Available for public viewing from now till June 27 at the newly-opened, The Edge Galerie in Kuala Lumpur, the artworks include a scroll painting from the 1970s by the celebrated Chinese ink master Chen Wen Hsi. The painting has a price estimate of between RM35,000 and RM50,000.
Senior artists such as Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Jolly Koh and Yusof Ghani as well as the late Redza Piyadasa and Datuk Chuah Thean Teng, had all been trained in different countries and brought international influences to Malaysia. Manifested in diverse ways, their foreign experiences are reflected in their art.
Drawn by the political commotion of May 13 in 1969, he returned home in September that year after a successful international career and created a namesake painting. May 13 caused enough controversy to attract the attention of the then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. After their discussion, the Malaysian flag that “Ib” – as the artist was popularly known – had blackened and used as a canvas, was eventually allowed to go on public exhibition.
Chang Fee Ming’s Trail of Zheng He – Semarang, was among the top favourites at The Edge Auction’s VIP Preview in Mont’Kiara Meridin on Thursday evening. The showing also marked the launch of The Edge Galerie’s new artspace at Mont’Kiara Meridin and its new website, www.thedgegalerie.com.