Lot 52 | 13 December 2020



LOT 52


B. Sarawak, 1939 – 2019

Bird’s Nest, 2013

Signed “RSA Birds Nest 2013” on lower right

Acrylic on canvas

38 x 121 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 7,000 – RM 12,000

Raphael Scott Ahbeng was born in Bau in 1939 and was one of Malaysia’s most renowned abstract artists. The recently departed studied at the Bath Academy of Art in the UK and was known for his large canvases of overlapping light-coloured mountains which exude an airy feel. Raphael was once a teacher, cartoonist and a radio producer before becoming a full-time painter. He was always a storyteller of nature and landscapes, and translated this on canvas. In classic AhBeng style, he expressed his love for the solitary environments using a spectacle of colours and strokes, resulting in this breathtaking piece aptly entitled “Bird’s Nest”.