Lot 38 | Auction XXXIII


LOT 38


B. Perak, 1961

Silat, 1990

Signed “Shafurdin Habib” on lower left

Acrylic on canvas

68 x 97 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Sarawak

RM 8,000 – RM 12,000


The lovely Malaysian countryside has a lot to offer and has certainly proven to be a muse for Shafurdin Habib, as he captures the beauty of the village life along with the people at its best, raw and untouched. Utilising his virtuosity with acrylic on canvas, he paints very skilfully a group of manly figures whom are all most likely doing the silat, as titled, a martial arts tradition of the Malays showing an accurate depiction of life in the countryside.

Shafurdin Habib was born in Kampung Basong, Perak, in 1961. A hobby he had as a boy, which was drawing in all his exercise book, turned into something big as he developed a real passion for art. Many of his influences are derived from Khalil Ibrahim, whom he befriended after he moved to Kuala Lumpur to pursue art.