Mohd Raduan Man
B. Pahang, 1978
London Love Story, 2013
Signed “Raduan Man 2013” on lower middle
Signed, titled and dated on the reverse
Mixed media on aluminium laid on board
74.5 cm x 74.5 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 5,000- RM 8,000
This piece comes across as strong and purposeful, the statement as loud as the pulsating and determined colours that linger around the canvas. Despite how strong it comes off as, the message is very unclear, ambiguous and closed, and it is only up to the viewer what to make of it. Raduan toys with the concept of man-made objects here, one that is strongly associated with London – the red telephone box, which serves as the focus point which takes center stage, attracting viewers to dissect the meaning and concept behind this masterpiece, especially with numbers that adorn the right side of the canvas.
Raduan Man graduated with a BFA at UiTM in 2000 and followed it up with a double Masters, first in Painting at the University of Wolverhampton, UK in 2003, and then in Printmaking at the Camberwell School of Art, UK in 2006. He won the Juror’s Award in the Tanjong Heritage Art Competition in 2002. Since his first solo called Fresh Markings at NN Gallery in 2003 where he showed works of oil, acrylic and woodprints, he has had seven solo shows, the last being Living Metal in 2012.