This is a big painting. Not only in size but also the experience
and message that Jalal wanted to share with his audience.
It took him about eight months to complete this painting.
It all started when he happened to meet one old Chinese lady
who used to be a ‘Samsui’ woman during her younger age. Jalal
was waiting for a bus along China Town when she approached
him. The old lady kept on pointing at the row of shop houses.
She was also laughing at a group of people who busy unloading
some furniture into the newly refurbished shop house. She
said these people were stupid and crazy. She was confused
to why they want to stay there.That shop house was known for
being ‘Dirty’. She used to own that shop house and gave it
up because it used to shelter prostitutes, people commit suicide,
people got murdered and worst than these they are also ghost
Bringing bad luck to people who staying there. Jalal just
kept quiet and ride the bus for home. At home he just could
not forget this short time confrontation with the old lady.
Wasted no time he reached for his brushes and canvas and started
to paint his impression to the canvas. He started by painting
the old lady, in blue shirt looking grimly confused. She was
featured as a loner who was very lost in this current environment.
The other subjects were created as the new generation people
who are educated, smart and successful.
They are the people who actually bought and made a real
good investment on the shop house. They enjoy the good life
and their generation will also inherit this good life. The
huge red rose is the depiction of prosperity. How naïve was
the old lady. She failed to see the value of the house. These
shop house worth millions of dollar in the market now. The
new generation who possessed the money, exposure and education
was able to seize the opportunity to be richer whilst the
ones who starting their life with just simple plain of body
and cloth carry on living in the lost and confused.