Bayu Utomo Radjikin
B. Sabah, 1969
Puisi Jiwa 2, 2007
Signed and titled “BAYU UTOMO RADJIKIN 2007” on lower middle
Acrylic on canvas
134.5 x 259 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 8 of “Mosaic XIII” exhibition book
Published in 2013 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
RM 40,000 – RM 60,000
Apart from sculptures which he is very much known for, Bayu’s paintings too are very well established and distinguished. One can see his ‘signature’ in his paintings as they usually depict human emotions, body parts and such all of which are easily identified through his trademark brush strokes and techniques. Early in his career, Bayu often grappled with sociopolitical themes. As early as his university days, he addressed issues related to war and global atrocities, portraying figures in fragile situations and highlighting their cause to viewers and as seen is this piece, is a quiet, solemn scene with a man gazing into the distance, caught in dark, introspective moment. In a way, this can be interpreted as a painting of the deep, naked soul.
Bayu, born in 1969 from Tawau in Sabah holds a B.A (Hons) in Fine Art from the University Technology Mara, Shah Alam and has won various awards and accolades throughout his art career. His works is known to be highly abstract and cultural. If one looks at his sculptures, one cannot but avoid tying them up with his the traditional warrior-like motifs. Bayu’s sculptures have been sold around the country through public and private galleries where most of his trademarks are commonly seen.