Lot 088

b. Pahang, 1978


Mixed media on canvas
122cm x 182cm; quadtych, 122cm x 45.5cm each

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired through Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art,
Kuala Lumpur in 2007.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 16,000

Raduan Man favours a combination of media to project his imaginative approach in making art - printmaking and painting using a multitude of materials such as wood, aluminium and canvas - adapting skilful printmaking techniques onto canvas. This quadtych piece is a unique representation of culture with its juxtaposition of the wayang kulit form and earthy colour executed in a multitude of layers.

Like batik, wayang kulit or shadow puppet is a traditional art form believed to be originated from Java. The unique form of theatre employs light and shadow customarily to tell the classic Indian tales of Mahabharata and Ramayana. The art is widely practiced in Southeast Asia particularly in Bali while in Malaysia, it is a popular form of entertainment in the East Coast area such as in Kelantan. In Before Battle I-IV, this traditional art form is appropriated with Raduan’s contemporary slant on the subject matter, presented in four panels, as though film stills unfolding in sequential motion.

Raduan Man graduated with a BFA at University Institut Teknologi Mara in 2000 and followed it up with a double Masters, first in Painting at the University of Wolverhampton, UK in 2003, and then in Printmaking at the Camberwell School of Art, UK in 2006. He won the Juror’s Award in the Tanjong Heritage Art Competition in 2002. Since his first solo called Fresh Markings in 2003 where he showed works of oil, acrylic and woodprints, he has had seven solo shows, the last being Living Metal in 2012.