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Lot 049

RAJA SHAHRIMAN RAJA AZIDDIN
b. Perak, 1967

NAFAS SERIES, 2003


Metal and brass
45cm x 26cm x 13cm

 
PROVENANCE
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur; acquired directly from the artist.


ESTIMATE  RM 5,000 - 8,000

PRICE REALISED  RM 6,720

A spiritual sculptor, Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin interweaves “the socio-religiocultural politicity in accordance with his unique elucidation and aspiration” to create three dimensional and tangible metaphysical abstraction. The process of contemplation upon divinity and nature is crucial for his stimulation to create sculptures that “illuminate the essences of ‘iman’ (faith), ‘islam’ (submission) and ‘ihsan’ (excellence and virtue).” Exhibited at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 2004, Nafas (Breath) is a body of work created from the notion of it being a “central element that distinguishes human beings from idols” as curator Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin remarked in her curatorial essay titled Nafas Asyik: The Reality of Aesthetically Ecstatic Self. The physical actions of striking, forging and welding metal and brass as well as manipulating the strength of steel with burning fire are performed “to articulate his cravings to attain ‘taqarrub’ (nearness) to gaze at Divine image.”

Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin graduated from University Mara Institute of Technology, Majoring in Sculpture in 1990 and taught briefly at the Malaysian Institute of Art. In 1992, he won the Minor Award in the Salon Malaysia. He represented Malaysia at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane in 1996, and received the Asia Pacific Cultural Industry Award in 2009. His monumental metal sculpture Growth with Equity stands in Taman Wawasan in Jalan Sultan Sulaiman in Kuala Lumpur.


REFERENCE
Nafas: Sculptures of Raja Shahriman, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2004.