MOHD RADUAN MAN
B. Pahang, 1978
Scentia, Man & Nature Series I, II, II, 2006
Signed, titled and dated on verso
Mixed media on canvas
90.5 x 130 cm x 3 pieces
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Acquired by collector from Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art, Kuala Lumpur in 2007
Raduan’s Man pieces have always been quite enigmatic and cryptic, and this triptych is no different from his usual. Done in his usual murky, shadowy shades, what seems like the posterior of a man is displayed in sequence, 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 triptych, as Raduan makes a statement about the human behaviour and modern urban society.
The message, seeing as how being puzzling is 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.
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’