Abdul’s work reflects his interest in comic book characters, superheroes, natural history and transport. He draws in felt pen, using mostly bright primary colours, and thinks carefully about each image before drafting the composition. He works from memory, making images of his everyday life, portraits of characters and animals, and scenes informed by visits to museums, the cinema, TV and books.
The same subjects recur, often in repeated series of rapidly executed drawings. Words are very important to Abdul and he transcribes both words and phrases from books, billboards, TV and films into various booklets. There is often a strong imaginative aspect to his work and he has recently begun to dictate stories blending both events he has experienced and fantasy elements. Abdul’s work ranges from stark graphic simplicity to complex narrative pieces, often reproduced in different colourways and all linked by his unique gentle humour.
Abdul Jalil is a resident artist at ActionSpace’s Newham Studio
- Newham Open Studios, ACAVA Studios, 2017
- Learning Disability Art competition, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, 2017
- The Out There Art Fair, Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios, 2016 (group show)