- Education: University of Florida, M.F.A.
- Major Contribution to Art History: Mystical Expressionism
- Publications: Rizzoli International Publications – 3 Volumes
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.
I. Personal Profile
- New York based American professional artist for 37 years.
- Highly disciplined and energetic, with a daily regime of exercise, painting, and organic cooking.
- Focused on family and concern for the well being of others.
- In perfect health and at the peak of personal productivity.
- Master of Fine Arts — Painting
- Bachelor of Fine Arts — Sculpture
- Master of Arts — Advanced Economics
- Faculty of Science — Physics, Chemistry
- Originator of Mystical Expressionism. The nouveau international Avant-garde style-deemed by art historian/critic Donald Kuspit.
- A. Ritualistic/Meditative dance in/ On the painting surface.
- B. Collaborative union between the process of painting and the forces of nature.
- Sole originator of Fresco Tempera and Pigmentation on Cork – New mediums of painting.
- Completed several thousand pieces of artwork including sculpture, paintings, frescoes, pastels, photography, and drawings.
- Works are in 3500 private collections in the United States.
- Jamali and his works are featured in over 100 documentary videos
- Over 600 pages in volumes published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
- Eight catalogs published by Mardan Publishing.
- Biography in the works.
- Sixty video tapes
V. Exhibition History
- 100 one man shows in the U.S.A
- Displaying in over 9,000 private and corporate collections around the world.
- 60,000 pieces of artwork including paintings, sculptures, frescos, photography and poetry. One of the most prolific artists throughout history.
- A. All work(s) done by the artist – no studio assistants.
- B. Works digitized in high resolution files, using Better Light System.
- Studios and facilities total 50,000 sq. ft. in New York, Florida, and Denmark, designed by the artist himself.
VIII. Fund raising and Foundation
- The Jamali Foundation has contributed to over 50 charities throughout the United States.
- Production, distribution, and administration are carried out by a staff of 25 trained personnel from the Winter Park, Florida location to sixty established showrooms and galleries throughout the country.
Business entities include:
- Art and Peace, Inc.
- Mardan Publishing, Inc.
- Jamali Fine Art, L.L.C.
- Jamali / Susan League Foundation Inc.