Associate Professor Jalaini Abu Hassan from the Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) also known as Jai in the Malaysian Contemporary Artist scene was awarded the coveted National Academic Award (Anugerah Akademik Negara) in the visual arts category at the Palace of the Golden Horses in Seri Kembangan, Selangor on 29th October 2019.
Jalaini who has been teaching Fine Arts at UiTM since 1988 received RM50000 as prize money, as well as a trophy and certificate from the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad. The annual award by the Ministry of Education is the highest recognition for Malaysian academics at Malaysian higher educational institutions. This award is to acknowledge academics’ contribution to the discovery and development of knowledge.
As a painter, Jai is interested in the exploration of materials and mediums but ‘mark-making’ has always been his trademark. Jai has held many solo exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the United States. His works are exhibited in the collection of the Malaysian National Art Gallery as well as many private, corporate and gallery collections around the world.
“Reconnect your World with Creativity”
Prepared by : Mursyidah Zainal Abidin,UiTM
Edited by : Dr.Wan Samiati Andriana Wan Mohd Daud, UiTM
Assoc.Prof.Dr.Geetha Subramaniam, Fellow, InQKA,UiTM