"Jali" is the term for a perforated stone or latticed screen, often decorated with geometric, floral, or calligraphic ornamentation. The paintings in Naifeh’s Jali series are taken from a particularly beautiful example in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has a powerful pattern of interwoven vertical and horizontal zigzagging lines. In his Jali series, Naifeh takes the underlying pattern and uses it to develop a strong yet playful pattern that is both vertical and horizontal, but also dark against light and light against dark. The same geometries are used in a series of sculptures, including one permanently installed in the plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art.
Selected works from the Jali series are exhibited below. You can select individual works for an expanded view. For availability and pricing inquiries, please contact us.