Lot 6 | Auction XVII


(B. Sarawak, 1939)

Village In The Sky, 2010

Signed, titled and dated “RSA ‘10 VILLAGE IN THE SKY” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 90 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 10,030

Known for his abstract renditions of nature, nature and landscapes are held close to Raphael Scott Ahbeng’s heart. He expresses his love for nature and its beauty using stunning colours and designs, both of which a non-conventional and unique. Definitely more imaginative than natural, Raphael Scott Ahbeng creates his personal haven.

The artist said once, “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.” This painting does exactly that, with a bright yellow sky, a light blue moon and bumpy hills of various mixtures of colours and festooned with even haphazardly-coloured lines and bold strokes. The aura is immediately uplifting and viewers will feel its emboldened air and strong energy wafting from it.

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.