Lot 6 | Auction XVIII


B. Perak, 1961

Menyusuri Sungai, 2011

Signed and dated “Shafurdin Habib 2011” on lower left

Watercolour on paper
28.5 x 43.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 600 – RM 900

The lovely landscapes that the Malaysian countryside has to offer certainly proves as a muse for Shafurdin Habib, as he captures the beauty of nature at its best, untouched and flourishing. Utilizing his virtuosity with watercolour, he paints on paper very skillfully the hills, the trees, the skies, the river and the fisherman floating by on his boat. Although it is a simple depiction of the sceneries of a humble setting, Shafurdin fastidiously details every single bit and form of this piece, wowing the viewers with its complexity. It shows two young boys waddling at a nearby river during dusk, resulting in an atmosphere that truly reminds one of the simplest pleasures of life.
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.