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  1. 1. Biography :Bayu Utomo Radjikin is perhaps one of the most „complete‟ Malaysian artists around.This is because he has become quite a master in the art scene being known as afine artist, contemporary artist, pop artist, sculptor and many others. The mainhighlight about Bayu‟s work is that they are all of top quality where he has becomequite an expert in the various fields he has ventured into.Bayu, born in 1969 from Tawau in Sabah holds a B.A (Hons) in Fine Art from theUniversity Technology Mara, Shah Alam and has won various awards and accoladesthroughout his art career. His works is known to be highly abstract and cultural. Ifone looks at his sculptures, one cannot but avoid tying them up with his thetraditional warrior-like motifs. Bayu‟s sculptures have been sold around the countrythrough public and private galleries where most of his trademarks are commonlyseen.Apart from sculptures which he is very much known for, Bayu‟s paintings too arevery 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 easilyidentified through his trademark brush strokes and techniques.Bayu Utomo Radjikin showcases a different form in his upcoming solo exhibitionCintakasih at House of MATAHATI, the female figure. It‟s the artist‟s first serious
  2. 2. attempt at representing the fairer sex and Bayu‟s new works that center on aclassical Odissi dancer leads audiences across ten charcoal drawings and fourpaintings that feature the artist‟s vibrant signature style.Whilst Bayu is widely known as one of Malaysia‟s leading figurative artists, hisartworks have thus far centered on the male figure. Self-portraits and evocations ofthe Malay warrior fill the artist‟s body of work, and until recent times, Bayu has onlyever produced a handful of artworks featuring female subjects, including one portraitof his wife.The concentration on a female classical Indian dancer in Cintakasih thus representsan interesting juncture in the artist‟s career.The core of this series can be traced back to 2008, when Bayu participated inStirring Odissi. The Sutra Gallery exhibition revolved around the classical Indiandance, and Bayu‟s participation not only launched his exploration of the female form,but also formed a milestone in his history with the Sutra Dance Theatre, which beganwhen he designed sets for Ramli Ibrahim‟s performances.The title of the exhibition combines signature elements from Bayu‟s practice, as theartist names all his drawings cinta and all his paintings on canvas kasih. And as asolo exhibition, Cintakasih takes on an unorthodox format as it also features twoother artists, Kow Leong Kiang and Marvin Chan. Both Kow and Chan are wellknown for their figurative works, and together with Bayu, are members of The “F”Klub, a group of local artists that are bound by a shared interest in figurative art. Cintakasih‟s unique exhibition format is akin to the music scene, where concertsfeature a headliner and several guest acts, and Bayu hopes that this will encouragenetworking and more interaction between artists.For Cintakasih, Kow and Chan had a pick at the same photographs that Bayu usedfor his artworks. They may or may not pick identical images, observes Bayu, but thepoint of interest for audiences will be in the different ways the duo portray theirsubjects.Kow and Chan each contribute one artwork to Cintakasih, framing the soloexhibition and giving viewers a chance to examine different approaches within thegenre of figurative art in Malaysia. Another figurative artist, Anurendra Jegadeva,also takes part in the exhibition, but on a different note – a critical one. He shares hisviews in an essay for the exhibition catalogue, which also contains full-colour imagesof all the artworks in the exhibition, as well as a selection of Bayu‟s previous Odissiworks
  3. 3. As a recognised figurative painter in Malaysia, BayuUtomoRadjikin, reveals hisongoing passions for medium and subject in his latest solo exhibition, Unnamed atHouse of Matahati. Through a signature style of epic realism and the Malay maleprotagonist Bayu continues to showcase his own carefully painted sense of dramaticphysical theatre. Practising as an artist for nearly 20 years his career has focused ona diverse range of subject matter from public and personal identity through to socialcommentary and international political tensions.Nevertheless, such diversity has been consistently mediated through meticulouslyexecuted, highly emotive human subjects. Unnamed presents Bayu‟s recent work inpainting and charcoal. The exhibition focuses once more on the artist and his friendin elaborate poses that explore the spectacle of male identity. It is this mastery offigurative composition and draughtsmanship that set the stage for a necessaryconsideration of how the technical aspect of his practice facilitates this particularstyle of painted mythology and heroism.Unnamed presents expressions of the male body through a mature sense ofFigurative Realism, a style that praises strong composition and accurate form alongwith the intangible, emotional qualities of human life.The technical mastery ofreplication along with the desire to transform the real to profoundly „speak‟ withoutwords has driven many artists to the point of obsession. Bayu‟s own passionate use
  4. 4. of the body and hands in his work mimics the methods of communication as apainter who uses his hands and mind to create new versions of reality.These needs to express form through paint and the compelling mythologies thatartists produce can be visually hypnotic and seductively dramatic. The aura thatsurrounds Bayu‟s subjects and his position as the artist „creator‟ have all led to thesubsequent popularity and respect for his practice that continues to be one of thedriving forces of technically advanced Figurative Realism in Malaysia today.
  5. 5. BayuUtomoRadjikin’s debut at The Substation Gallery, Singapore sees somecontinuum from the artist’s solo exhibition in Kuala Lumpur last year titled Unnamed.The artist revisits large portraits of his distinctive male protagonists dressed as Malaywarriors, but the inclusion of a new element – the figures wearing fighter pilothelmets – is a slight deviation.Or is it? Early in his career, Bayu often grappled with sociopolitical themes. As earlyas his university days, he addressed issues related to war and global atrocities,portraying figures in fragile situations and highlighting their cause to viewers. Thesethemes featured in an array of mediums – installations, sculptures, and paintings –and so the artist’s inclusion of figures wearing fighter pilot helmets today is a glimpseof this “old” Bayu. The addition of text – adjectives used in relation to people andhuman emotions - in a number of his current works is another element that the artisthas revisited from his past.The works in Face without Name, remain true to the artist’s signature style. They are
  6. 6. epic, large, and acutely realistic. And, the total showing is a miscellany of bothcharcoal works and paintings.The physiognomic features of the artist’s signature male figures (alternately himselfand a fellow artist) are detailed and pronounced, as are the attributes on the fighterpilot helmets. Both figures – masked and unmasked - are portrayed with a strongsense of drama made possible by the strong shadows and deep contrasts, whichlend an air of nobility and importance to his subjects.Why might this be? Why the focus on the human face? The answer to thesequestions can be found in other facets of Bayu’s oeuvre. The Malay warrior figurecan be traced to Bayu’sMencariPahlawan (Quest of a Warrior) series, where theartist focuses on the notion of identity, questioning what it means to be Malay andwhat it takes to be a warrior, whilst the new figures – faceless, anonymous, and cold– instigate an entirely different set of questions: Who are they? What are they doing?Are these figures we are supposed to trust or fear?By masking his figures with helmets, Bayu suggests that they could be anybody –you and I even. And their inclusion is not accidental, as the artist does refer to globalevents of our time and how soldiers become participatory elements in war, takingorders without questioning, and slowly lose all semblance of their own identity andeventually become unnamed faces.Bayu’s universal and humanist view and the juxtaposition between the visible facesand the masked ones will probe audiences to consider oppositions, cultural andsocial identities, and – especially in light of the global events in the last decade -what it means to be human today.Finally, Face without Name can be regarded as a culmination of sorts for thispracticing artist of over twenty years. And quite likely, this body of work is aswansong before Bayu moves into new territory, producing works that focus on thefemale figure, subject matter that he recently showcased in Kuala Lumpur at HOM(House of MATAHATI) in a solo exhibition titled CintaKasih.
  7. 7. By car:Easiest way is to take the last exit on the AKLEH (Ampang exit). Follow the road,and turn right at traffic light. Go straight until you see Petronas and Caltex on yourleft, about 50m afterwards, turn left at the mamak called DKlasik. Find parking.From Jalan Ampang (if youre coming from KLCC), go straight all the way, passingby Gleanegles and Ampang Point on your left. After taking the overhead bridge nextto Ampang Point, turn right at the second traffic light. Go straight until you seePetronas and Caltex on your left, about 50m afterwards, turn left at the mamakcalled DKlasik. Find parking.On the MRR2, if youre coming from Ampang, Tesco will be on your right, PerabotCempaka on your left. Stay left, and turn left at the second traffic light. (There will bea signboard saying jalan cempaka. Menara Axis will be on your right. Go straight
  8. 8. until see rows of shoplots on your right. Turn right and go into the housing area, takefirst right and find parking.From Bulatan Kg. Pandan, take the road that heads to MRR2, go straight all theway (there will be about 4 traffic lights) until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and goon to MRR2 and make a u-turn immediately after TESCO, pass by the PerabotCempaka on your left (There will be a signboard saying jalan cempaka. Menara Axiswill be on your right. Go straight until see rows of shoplots on your right. Turn rightand go into the housing area, take first right and find parking.PROJECTS matahati-sageresidency.blogspot.com matahati-meaa.blogspot.com matahati-artriangle.blogspot.com matahati-tenggara.blogspot.comLINKS matahatikematadunia.com bayuutomo.blogspot.com patisatustudio.com ahmadfuadosman.comCONTACT
  9. 9. (Click Map for larger view)6A Jalan Cempaka 16,Taman Cempaka,68000 Ampang Selangor,MalaysiaPhone+6 017 364 6004+6 012 373 6004+6 03 9285 6004Email houseofmatahati@gmail.comGallery hours:mon - fri 11am - 6pm sat 1pm - 6pmclosed on sunday & public holidaysContactbayuutomo@gmail.com
  10. 10. Born:20 March 1969, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.Education:B.A (Hons) in Fine Art,Faculty of Art & Design,University Technology Mara, Shah Alam, Selangor, MalaysiaAwards:1995 & 1994Honourable MentionPhillip Morris Art AwardNational Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur1991Major AwardYoung Contemporary „91National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Special AwardOne World – No WarCity Hall, Kuala Lumpur.Minor AwardSalon Malaysia ‟91/‟92National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Solo Exhibitions:2011Face Without NameThe Substation Gallery, Singapore
  11. 11. CintakasihHOM, Kuala Lumpur2010UnnamedHOM, Kuala Lumpur2007MIND THE GAP: From KL to London and backWei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur2003Tuboh : Bayu Utomo RadjikinGaleriCitra, Kuala LumpurMencari Pahlawan …sebuah studiSutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur.2001Diri : Bayu Utomo Radjikin. Lukisan & Catan Potret Diri bertarikh 1989 – 2001MADC, Kuala Lumpur1997Bayu Utomo RadjikinGaleriwan, Kuala Lumpur.1996Bayu Utomo Radjikin: Solo Exhibition of PaintingsCreative Centre, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.MATAHATI Art Exhibitions & Activities:2010MATAHATIJOGJASangkring Artspace, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaArTriangle III 2010National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur2009Art Expo MalaysiaMatrade, Kuala LumpurMalaysia Emerging Artist AwardWisma Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai, Kuala LumpurMATAHATI Ke MATADUNIA - Malaysian Contemporary Art to The WorldGaleri Chandan, Kuala LumpurCulver City, California, USA
  12. 12. 2008TENGGARA Contemporary Painting From Malaysia, Indonesia & PhilippinesNovas Gallery, Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool UKArTriangle „08Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Kuala LumpurMATAHATI : For Your PleasureGALERI PETRONAS, HOM, Annexe Gallery, 12 Artspace Gallery, Kuala Lumpur2007HOM OpeningHOM, Kuala LumpurArTriangleSoka Gakkai Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur2005ANTING+ANTING MATAHATIArt Salon, Kuala LumpurMATAHATI Malaysia & ANTING+ANTING PhilippinesPinto Art Gallery, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines2004AwasValentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.Perahu Kamalayan (Mural Collaboration)National Art Gallery, Kuala LumpurProject MAGER ‟04 (Fund Rising)Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur1+1=1 Inter Aksi KL- JogjaGaleri Shah Alam, Selangor.Seni Halaman MAGER NusantaraPlataran Joko Pekik. Jogjakarta, Indonesia.Seni RuanganGallery Pitoe, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.Mata & Hati (Himpunan Karya MATAHATI 1993 – 2004)Galeri Pinang, Dewan Sri Pinang, Penang2003Suara Jiwa (Art Collaboration with children)National Art Gallery, Kuala lumpur.
  13. 13. 2002ROOMMADC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur1999MATAHATI PLGALERI PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur.1996Seeing the UnseenPelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.1995StoriesPelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.1994Dari Mata HatiThe WELD, Kuala Lumpur.MATAHATI GroupSHENN‟s Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.1993LIFE…an exhibition by MATAHATIMAYBANK Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Selected Group Exhibitions:2011Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, SelangorAnniversaryPace Gallery, Kuala LumpurHorizontal or VerticalHOM, Kuala LumpurKamiArti Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  14. 14. 2010Survival (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, SelangorMalaysian Art 3GPipal Fine art, Kuala LumpurPaperworks : marks and Trails of Artistic MindGaleri Chandan, Kuala lumpurAl Kesah : Once upon a time in MalaysiaWhitebox Maps, Kuala LumpurSpicePace Gallery, Kuala LumpurA Meter PerspectiveHOM, Kuala Lumpur2009AIAE Asia@Asia : Manifesting DiversityNational Art Gallery, Kuala LumpurArt ExpoNehru Centre, Worli New Delhi, IndiaI miss him so muchGaleri Chandan, Kuala LumpurTanah Air (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, SelangorNew Asian PromisesPalais Project, Vienna AustriaPeace: Expressions of HopeNikko Hotel, Kuala Lumpur2008The Force of NaturePace Gallery, Kuala LumpurStirring OdissiGaleri Petronas, Kuala LumpurShifting BoundariesRimbun Dahan, Kuang Selangor... Pandang Tak JemuArtcase Galleries, Kuala Lumpur
  15. 15. 200718@8Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur50 Ways to live in MalaysiaGaleri Petronas, Kuala LumpurPace Gallery OpeningPace Gallery, Petaling Jaya, SelangorMerdeka @ 50RA Fine Arts, Kuala LumpurSuperstar (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, SelangorMultiplicityArt Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur200618@8 Kuala Lumpur - KarachiAmin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, PakistanThe Force of NatureDarling Muse Gallery, Kuala LumpurCome CloserMaya Gallery, Kuala LumpurSigned & DatedValentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.Mind, Body & Soul IIWei-Ling Gallery, Kuala LumpurFeed Me! An Exploration of Appetites (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, SelangorConvergence – Contemporary Malaysian ArtWei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur2005Malay London FestivalLawrence Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference, London.Mind, Body & SoulWei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur18@8
  16. 16. Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala LumpurThe Power of Dreaming: Taman Sari, Gardens of Delight and Identity (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, SelangorRooster ManiaTownhouse Gallery, Kuala LumpurTakungNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur2004Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor.ImmersionMaya Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Semangat : Artist for TheatreValentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.Contemporary Art NowNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.2003Drawing ShowMetro Fine Art, Legend Hotel, Kuala LumpurThingking >< SpaceSokka Gakai Malaysia, Kuala LumpurBare : a look at the nudeTownhouse Gallery, Kuala LumpurRENGA : Chained PaintingNational Art Gallery, Kuala LumpurALAMI II PuncakNational Art Gallery, Kuala LumpurThe Game People Play (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang SelangorWahanaNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur200202 Group ShowTaksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  17. 17. Idetiti MalaysiaNational Art Gallery, Kuala LumpurTerroris?Oktober Gallery, Jogjakarta, IndonesiaBara Hati Bahang JiwaNational Art Gallery, Kuala LumpurTouch (WWF)Rimbun Dahan, Kuang SelangorMasterpieces from the collection of National Art GalleryNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.2001Suara HatiPelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Art < 1000Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.Rupa MalaysiaNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.2000Apa? GendaiOld Court House, Melaka.UntitledShah Alam Gallery, Shah Alam1999AkuGALERI PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur.1998Rupa MalaysiaBrunei Gallery, SOAS, London University, England.Bayu Timur – Awang Damit Ahmad + Bayu Utomo RadjikinValentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.Drawing & Diagram: Ideas PersonifiedCHIJMES, Singapore.1997Lukisan MalaysiaNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
  18. 18. Seni, Alam & PerjalananPekan Seni Ipoh, Perak.Crates ClassifiedGaleriWan, Kuala Lumpur1996New ARTistsGALERI PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur. (Curator)Rupa KataPekan Seni Ipoh, Perak.Imaging the Contemporary BodyGALERI PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur.50 Years Malaysian Figurative Painting TraditionGALERI PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur.1995Skin Trilogy – performance events on a futuristic Malaysia A visualNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Contemporary Art of Non Aligned CountriesJakarta, IndonesiaPhillip Morris Art Award ‟95National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.1994War Box, Lalang, Killing ToolsCreative Centre, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Positively A LifeGaleriWan, Kuala Lumpur.And Four Came HomeSabah State Gallery, Kota Kinabalu.1993What About Converging ExtremesGaleriWan, Kuala Lumpur.Asian Traveling Exhibition of Painting, Photography & Children ArtsAsean Countries.Creative HandsArt Case Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.1992
  19. 19. Open Show ‟92National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.1991Up To You, Festival by Sutra Dance TheatreMATIC, Kuala Lumpur.Salon Malaysia ‟91/‟92National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Open Show ‟91National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.One World – No WarCity Hall, Kuala Lumpur.1990Malaysian LandscapeTravelling Malaysia.Young Contemporary „90National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Dokumentasi KemiskinanCahaya Seri Alam, Shah Alam.Keluarga BahagiaNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur1989Open Show „89National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Art FestivalPWTC, Kuala LumpurYoung Contemporary „89National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.Landscape & PhotographySarawak Museum, Kuching.Kelantan OpenKelantan State Gallery, Kota BharuMalaysian SceneKontena National, Kuala Lumpur1988Hiroshima Never Again
  20. 20. City Hall, Kuala Lumpur.Public Collections:National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,National Art Museum, Singapore,Sabah State Gallery, Kota Kinabalu,Galeri PETRONAS, Kuala LumpurYayasan Kesenian Perak, Ipoh,Ibrahim Hussein Foundation, Langkawi,Japan Foundation, Kuala LumpurMAYBANK, Kuala Lumpur,Bank Negara Malaysia,UiTM ShAah Alam, Selangor,New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur,GaleriWan, Kuala Lumpur,Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur,SHENN‟S Fine Art, Singapore,NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,A.P Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur& Private Collectors.

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