Lot 026

b. Sabah, 1969

CINTA XI, 2011

Signed and dated 'BAYU UTOMO RADJIKIN 2011' (lower left)
Charcoal and pastel on paper
150cm x 114cm

Private Collection, Pahang.

Cintakasih, House Of Matahati, Kuala Lumpur, 2011.

ESTIMATE  RM 20,000 - 30,000


Deriving from Bayu Utomo Radjikin’s eighth solo exhibition titled Cintakasih which focuses on a classical Odissi dancer, Cinta XI is one of the ten charcoal drawings displayed unconventionally alongside works by fellow artists Marvin Chan and Kow Leong Kiang. The core of this series can be traced back to 2008, when Bayu participated in Stirring Odissi: The Exhibition a group show celebrating the classical Indian Odissi dance. Bayu’s participation not only launched his exploration of the female form, but also formed a milestone in his history with the Sutra Dance Theatre, which began when he designed sets for Ramli Ibrahim’s performances. The title of the exhibition combines signature elements from Bayu’s practice, as the artist names all his drawings cinta and all his four paintings on canvas kasih.

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 Institut 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 including other regional art initiatives.