RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
B. Sarawak, 1939 – 2019
Signed, dated and titled “RSA ‘14 Greetings” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
114 x 85 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 8,000 – RM 15,000
Over a black surface, a fluid explosion of colours take place, embodying a jellyfish-like movement and shape. The brushstroke seem haphazard when it’s indeed intentional with the shapes created drawn to each other like magnets.
Raphael Scott Ahbeng was born in Bau in 1939 and was one of the most renowned abstract artists that Malaysia has ever produced. Educated in the UK at the Bath Academy of Art, Raphael was known for his large canvases of overlapping light-coloured mountains which exude an airy feel. Before turning to paintings full-time, he was once a teacher, cartoonist and a radio producer. Nature and landscapes are two things that Raphael Scott AhBeng holds dear to his heart. In classic AhBeng style, he expresses his love for the solitary environments with a stunning painting. In this piece AhBeng depicts his true spirit and adoration for nature, all the while injecting bits and pieces of his personality.