Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal was a National Laureate, he was also once the director of the national art gallery and also an important artist, curator and designer. Syed Ahmad Jamal was the designer of the Logo for The National Art Gallery of Malaysia,he had wrote many publications that documents and chronicled some of the core events that had impacts on the history of modern Malaysian art from 1958 to 1988. He had also directed and coordinated international and national programs for the gallery.

Quoting from Redza Piyadasa (2002); “Syed Ahmad Jamal has been for the better part of his artistic life an abstract expressionist artist but he played an important role in the Malay-Islamic revivalist movement during the Seventies and Eighties. In 1974, he curated the Rupa dan Jiwa exhibition which highlited traditional Malay aesthetic values in design.’’ – Masterpieces from The National Art Gallery of Malaysia.