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.”