Pigment on Cork
The Pigmentation on cork process has been acclaimed by critics as a masterful achievement of both process and style, and a significant contribution to contemporary art. Most of the painting is done in a meditative dance whereby the cork absorbs or resists pigments, and depending on their properties, generates a visually complex, textured layering of depth and intense color.
Jamali explains his accidental discovery of cork paper. “I had missed a flight and, when going for a walk, came upon a bookstore, one of my favorite places to browse. I found a book bound in cork paper and was so captivated by the soft feel of the cork that I bought the book for the cover. As soon as possible I ordered some sheets of cork and couldn’t wait to paint on it. Funny how little accidents lead from one thing to another.”
untitled (figure study)
untitled (small abstraction)
untitled (medium abstraction)