Lot 025

b. Sabah, 1969


Mixed media collage on canvas
147cm x 98cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired through Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.

Figurative Approaches in Modern Malaysian Art,
Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, 1996;
illustrated on exhibition catalogue page 21.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 20,000
This early piece illustrates a youthful Bayu Utomo Radjikin - rendered in polychromatic palette - its collaged textures offer a refreshing visualisation of the artist’s hallmark dual or tritoned self-portraits that are developed later. His brushstrokes appear looser in style here and his application of paint, liberal. Expressive gestural brush marks are apparent in the lower and upper part of the canvas. Seated half-kneel on the ground, this full-bodied self-portrayal is a rare depiction by the artist. Clad in white trousers, his bare chest exposed, a clean-shaven with medium cropped hair Bayu is documented to stand the test of time.

Bayu Utomo Radjikin is one of the founding members of Matahati which had its defining moment in the exhibition For Your Pleasure at Galeri Petronas in Kuala Lumpur in 2006. He sparked incredible interest upon his graduation with a BA (Sculpture Major) at Universiti Teknologi MARA in 1991. That year, he won the highly coveted Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists Competition followed by a Minor Award in the Salon Malaysia. He also won a Special Award in the One World - No War exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in 1991. Bayu is also a multidisciplinary artist involved in stage designs and installations. He set up the gallery cum artist’s residency space called House of Matahati (HOM) which also initiated the Malaysian Emerging Artists Awards.