Lot 057

b. Sabah, 1969


Signed and dated 'BAYU UTOMO RADJIKIN 2011' (lower middle)
Mixed media on canvas
88cm x 66cm

Private Collection, Pahang.

ESTIMATE  RM 10,000 - 12,000

Deriving from a series of work titled Bersaudara - which comprises of thirteen artworks depicting side profile portrait of one of MATAHATI founder-members Masnoor Ramli Mahmud - Saudara Kesebelas is one of the eleven canvas works executed in screen-printing technique in various hues and context. The monochromatic portrait adorning Bayu Utomo Radjikin’s signature warrior-bandanna against the bold, blood red background is shrouded in a fusion of Malay and Arabic text. Bayu is celebrated for his figurative portrait paintings assuming the character of a Malay warrior or pendekar in a pursuit of exploring his cultural identity. By incorporating a traditional figure in sophisticated methods of execution, Bayu establishes himself as one of the contemporary advocates in Malaysian art to create progressive figurative artworks.

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.

MATAHATI – For Your Pleasure, Petronas, 2008.