Lot 51 | Auction XXIV

LOT 51

B. Perak, 1961

Street Scene, Sungai Besar, 2014

Signed and dated “Shafurdin Habib 2014” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

30 x 45 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 1,200 – RM 2,000


The air is quiet and serene in a modest city. It seems that Shafurdin Habib did not only capture the landscape, but the emotions and sounds that come along with the scene. One can almost feel the heat of the sun, the soft breeze and the distant and chatter of people.

Shafurdin’s longing and love for the charm of a small town is palpable here, as it proves to be long-standing inspiration for his pieces for as long as he has been an artist. He captures beautifully here the mood, the humble town and the all-round delicate, refined yet striking beauty of the location with his artistic skills.

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.