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Iskandar Jalil

b. 1940, Singapore

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Iskandar Jalil – a leading ceramist in Southeat Asia with more than forty years of pottery making experience, is known for his high level of discipline, tenacity and dedication to his craft. Iskandar (or Pak Iskandar, as is fondly known by) is an art practitioner, teacher, mentor and friend. Despite his high expectations of quality and strive for perfection, his humble nature makes him a role model to many. He is known to provide financial support for talented  but underprivileged students.

Trained by pottery masters in Japan and India, this Colombo Plan scholar is a recipient of the Cultural Medallion (Visual Arts) (1988), and ‘Pingat APAD’ (1998). His 9th and most recent solo exhibition was held in Singapore in 2011. Iskandar’s works have been exhibited worldwide.

Iskandar’s ceramics can be found in the collections of: former President Wee Kim Wee, former US President George Bush, Malaysia’s Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, the Sultan of Brunei, the Governor of Hong Kong, Singapore National Museum, National Museum of Sweden, companies and many private individuals in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe, and the Middle East.


1962 Teacher's Training College, Singapore
1966 Textile Weaving and Spinning, India. Colombo Plan Scholarship
1968  Pottery for Schools, Teachers' Training College, Singapore
1972 Ceramics Engineering Course, Tajimi Design/Research Centre, Japan
Colombo Plan Scholarship
1979 Workshop/seminar on Pottery, Japan
  International Co-operation Agency, Japan
1991 Workshop, Australian National University, Australia


Solo Exhibition

1985 Raw, Earthy and Pliable, Alpha Gallery, Singapore
1990  Potter's Journey, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1992   Ceramics, Bon Belta, Miyazaki Perfecture, Japan
1995 My Dialogue With Clay, Takashimaya Gallery, Singapore
2001 Potter's Life, Potter's Thoughts, MITA Artrium, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore
2004  New Zealand Festival of Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
2005 For Cambodia, Raffles le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2007 Material, Message, Metaphor, MICA Artrium, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore
  Reshaping Asia, the 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007, Icheon Ceramic Centre, Korea
2012 Images of My Pottery Travels, Art-2 Gallery, SIngapore

Group Exhibitions

1971 ASEAN Art Exhibition, Malaysia
1975 14 Singapore Ceramic Artists, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1976 Contemporary Singapore Sculptures, National Museum, Singapore
1978  International Ceramics, Taipei, Taiwan
1979 Ceramics & Sculpture, Gallery Asia, Singapore
1981 International Design, Osaka, Japan
1985 International Ceramics, Taipei, Taiwan
1986   Clayworks, Alpha Gallery, Singapore
1987 Ying and Yang, National University of Singapore
  National Museum?s Centenary Art Festival, Singapore
  Basic, National Museum, Singapore
  Contemporary Ceramics, National Museum, Singapore
1988 Infinity, Westin Stamford Hotel, Singapore
  Clay and Cloth (exhibition of pottery and quilt arts with wife, Saleha Amir), NM, Singapore
1991 Singapore Pottery, Stockholm, Sweden
  Clay Pieces, National Museum, Singapore
1992 Pottery, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan
1993 Hong Kong Festival of Arts, Hong Kong
1994 Contrasts, Takashimaya Gallery, Singapore
  Gane & Benge Meet Iskandar Jalil, Art-2, The Substation Gallery, Singapore
1995 Malay Artists, Petronas Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1995 4th International Ceramics, Ceramics Competition ?95, Tajimi Gifu, Japan
  International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan
  Singapore Art '95, Suntec City, Singapore
1999 Feature 5, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore
  Shifting Paradigms: Handmade, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  Ceramitivity, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2002 Discovery Phase, Art-2 Gallery, Singapore
2003 Ceramitivity, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2004 Crossroads, Making of New Identities, National University of Singapore
2005 Seven Masters, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2006 Ceramitivity, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  Ceramics: Beyond Borders, Singapore National Library, Singapore
  Dragon Kiln, Jalan Bahar, Singapore
2013 'éncore!', Celebrating Maya Gallery's 1st Anniversary, Maya Gallery, SIngapore
2015 Tribute to Local Clay, Maya Gallery


1977    Special Award, National Day Art Exhibition, Singapore
1988    National Cultural Medallion For Visual Arts, Singapore
1994    Fellow, Centre For The Arts, National University of Singapore, Singapore
1998    Pingat APAD
2002    Achiever of The Year Award (Berita Harian), Singapore
2014    Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation Award
2015    Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from the Emperor of Japan


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