Black Humor

Sotheby's

Masriadi's canvas My Adventure Ended After I Met Your Mother

Indonesian painter I. Nyoman Masriadi's canvas My Adventure Ended After I Met Your Mother, above, depicts a father and son standing on either side of a closed door. A mug dangles from the father's hand while the son smokes. A tantalizing, possibly indecent joke is at once advanced and withheld by the painting.

"Masriadi refuses to let you see what his art is about," explains his Singapore-based art dealer Jasdeep Sandhu. "He uses wit as a shroud." But the market is rewarding his often garishly executed work.