Full Bio - Jamali Gallery

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  •     The  internationally renowned artist Jamali has long attracted a select and  international circle of collectors, drawn by his mystical style and  charismatic persona. Jamali's artistic career had unconventional  beginnings, true to the maverick's path that he always followed. Thirty  years ago, a vision came to him and a dream guide commanded him to  paint. In response, Jamali invented a unique style of "mystical  expressionism," a marriage of contemporary consciousness and art's most  ancient traditions. Jamali's fusion of these opposites--the contemporary  and the timeless--has produced a life work unmatched in its scope,  variety, and spiritual depth.
  •     Jamali's  complex surfaces and mystical imagery have been compared to the  neo-expressionists Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. His gestural  techniques link him to Jackson Pollock and the New York school. But the  pre-eminent art critic Donald Kuspit has seen that Jamali's singular  method requires its own name--mystical expressionism.Mystical  expressionism is a new mode of art-making that combines the scientific  insights of our new age with humankind's ancient wisdom. Obeying the  dream guide who set him on the path to art, Jamali himself has named his  life's work Art & Peace. Through  all these works, persistent themes and mythic imagery define a singular  artistic vision. Jamali's paintings are inhabited by dream figures that  appear and then fade away. Mothers, sons, lovers, and dream guides —  these are the characters of Jamali's visionary cosmos. His hieroglyphs  and inscriptions promise revelation without disclosing their truths  easily. Always dwelling in the tension between image and abstraction,  Jamali draws us toward "the beautiful resolution of opposing forces" —  the moment of transcendence in which art coincides with peace.
  • The  source of Jamali's art and his life lies in the primordial spiritual  traditions of the East. In his birthplace Peshawar, the Asian crossroads  city, Jamali drank in Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi ideas of the sacredness  of being. He spent years of his youth with a mysterious desert people  who still respect the shaman's powers. But he also studied modern  physics and engineering. Jamali is the first to incorporate the  paradoxes of quantum mechanics into contemporary art.
  •     In  recent work, Jamali explores new materials and artistic ideas. In his  paintings on cork, he creates a kind of negative surface, exploiting the  cork's readiness to absorb and resist pigment. His sculptures embody  the violent force of his creative genius. His photographs are quiet  statements of profound spirituality. Jamali's work is now documented in  two beautiful volumes, Mystical Expressionism and Mystical Expressionism  — Dreams and Works, each with an essay by Donald Kuspit and published  by Rizzoli International Publications. Rizzoli plans a series of five  books on Jamali's art, the third to include Kuspit's spiritual biography  of the artist. Determined to bring his work to a wider audience, Jamali  has launched Mardan Publishing, Inc., which offers fine prints of  Jamali's most important paintings.From  the beginning, Jamali has made his own path. He has pursued an  "ecological vision" of art's place in contemporary life–art as an  essential part of our contemporary household and the vehicle of a new  mythology. Jamali now beckons a wider public to take part in that  vision. Join me, he says, in Art & Peace.
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