LOT 40 | Auction XXXV


LOT 40


B. Perak, 1967

Keganasan, 1986

Signed and dated “Raja Shahriman 86” on lower left

Mixed media on canvas

75 x 54 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur 

RM 3,000 – RM 7,000


Raja Shahriman graduated from the Mara Institute of Technology in 1990 and taught at the Malaysian Institute of Art. In 1992, he won the Minor Award at Salon Malaysia. His prolific metal sculpture, Growth with Equity, stands in Taman Wawasan on Jalan Sultan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur. Raja Shariman broke the gentility of the Malay psyche when he introduced his Killing Tools steel works to the public in the War Box, Lalang and Killing Tools exhibition in 1996. The harshness in those works was toned down when his ‘Nafas’ exhibition was introduced. Entitled ‘Keganasan’, this work is dark and grim in nature, portraying an overall red environment with a deiform resembling an eye in a distance while chiseled figures are struggling to break free from the ground below. Canvassing through the artwork, one would find a blood moon with a blade stabbed through. One might say that this work is Raja’s interpretation of hell.