RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
B. Sarawak 1939
Bush Delight, 2009
Signed, titled and dated “BUSH DELIGHT RSA 2009” on lower right
Oil on canvas
61 x 91cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 13 of “RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG” solo exhibition catalogue
Published in 2014 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
Nature and landscapes are two things that Raphael Scott AhBeng holds dear to his heart. “Painting is a way of expressing my feelings. I like to paint good things that give viewers a good feeling, and make them think and feel rejuvenated,” said AhBeng. That seems evident in this piece.
Surrounded by thick, vivid and generous amounts of colours, Raphael’s abstract perspective on nature and its forests is not only lively, but original and unusual. He decorates the canvas with heavy strokes of his brush, creating an impactful piece that seems to glow, shining bright despite the darkness it is surrounded by.
Raphael Scott AhBeng, a Bidayuh, hails from Sarawak and is one of the most prominent Borneo artists. He attended Bath Academy of Art in Britain, where he studied Art and Photography. He won the First Prize for the Sarawak Shell Open Art Competition in 1959, 1982 and 1983 Third Prize in the Natural Malaysia art competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1991.