• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 553

    RIYAS KOMU (B. 1971)

    A Man Committing Suicide

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    RIYAS KOMU (B. 1971)
    A Man Committing Suicide
    signed and dated 'riyas komu MARCH-2000' (lower left of center panel); panel one: inscribed, titled, numbered and dated '1'; "A MAN COMMITTING SUICIDE" MARCH-2000 MIXED MEDIA'; panel two: '2'; bearing label 'C/NO.4396 CIMA GALLERY PRIVATE LTD.'; panel three: '3' (on the reverse)
    mixed media on canvas; triptych
    36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm.) each
    108 x 36 in. (274.3 x 36 cm.) overall
    Executed in 2000

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    This is one of the first works I produced after leaving the J.J. campus in 1999.... I moved to the end of the western suburbs [of Mumbai] called Dahisar East to a small flat that I shared with a few close friends who were not artists. This work becomes the reflection of the angst one carried immediately after passing out to the larger world; as an artist to me this work illustrates all the dilemmas I was going through that time. I did this work on the terrace of the building, 5th floor and I did it as a drawing of what I could see around. It carries a romantic version of pain and death! Lotus is political metaphor![...].

    It's a triptych because I had no space to keep such large work at my space and every day I used to carry it up to work. The medium was the most economical of what I could afford at that point: art powder mixed in enamel and charcoal on it.

    I have left behind it in my memory as I have moved on with what I could improve in terms of producing art. I approach my art subjectively in relation with the world we are in. I feel there are bigger issues that engage me nowadays. But this landscape has an angst you can see in the eyes of the portraits I paint.
    (Artist Statement, Riyas Komu, 2009)

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection