Lot 20 | Auction XIX

LOT 20

B. Pahang, 1978

“The Dream Machine” Signature Series, 2010

Signed and dated on the reverse

Oil and mixed media on linen

140 x 140 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 6,000 – RM 10,000

Mohd Raduan’s pieces have always been quite enigmatic and cryptic, and this piece is no different from his usual. Done in his usual murky, shadowy shades and figures, various shapes and forms of automobiles and machines are scattered throughout the canvas, and it seems as if his subject is slowly taking shape after being in the form of dust and shadow, floating in the midst of a mysterious aura.

Strong and purposeful, this piece is full of statements without words, what with the strong lines and dots that mar the canvas, as Mohd Raduan makes a statement about the human behaviour and modern urban society. The message, seeing as how being puzzling is Mohd Raduan’s hallmark, is very indistinct, hazy and closed, leaving the viewer to decide what feeling was evoked from it. The execution, however, is exceptional and the meaning strong.

Mohd Raduan Man was born in 1978. His works, filled with dialogues to the audience, possess strong meanings and
statements that he wishes to convey to audience, and a number of his works have been sold at auctions, such as ‘Rooster’
and ‘The Young Contempo Auction’