Lot 099

b. Perak, 1967


Forged & fabricated metal
126cm x 72cm x 146cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 50,000 - 75,000
This 1997 installation work is a precursor to Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin’s much later Gembala foray that looks into the perpetual strife for power as symbolized by the mean-looking throne (complete with spikes and horns) by Man. Pure greed and selfishness and brutality in the execution of the ambition. This is a far cry from his silat introspection in Self. A different side-excursion after his Killing Tools and Gerak Tempur (his first solo, 1996), Raja Shahriman takes a hard look into the symbols of power. He showcased his Gembala series in his eighth solo and ninth sculpture series titled Gembala Mana O’ Gembala at the Pelita Hati Gallery of Art in Kuala Lumpur in 2014. Raja Shahriman made his first installation art in his Diploma show in 1990, and his second entitled Bamboo and Glass was in a two-men show with Kungyu Liew at the MIA Gallery in Kuala Lumpur in 1991. Gembala, which means a shepherd has in the wider context, is a khalifah, a leader, and the thrust is about a crisis of leadership.

Raja Shahriman graduated with a BFA, majoring in Sculpture, from the Universiti ITM in 1990. He taught briefly at the Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur. He won the Minor Award at the Salon Malaysia in 1991 and the Asia-Pacific Cultural Industry Award in 2009. He was chosen for the 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia, in 1996. His monumental sculptures include ‘Growth With Equity’, Taman Wawasan, KL, ‘Bumi Penyatuan and Makmur Abadi,’ ‘Wira Perkasa,’ (Perak), and several commissioned for the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum in Pekan. Pelita Hati Gallery organised most of his solos except for Semangat Besi (Galeri Petronas, 2001), and Nafas (National Art Gallery KL and Utterly Art in Singapore, 2004 and 2005).