RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
B. Sarawak, 1939 – 2019
Power Garden, 2013
Signed, titled and dated “RSA 13 Power Garden” 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. He was also known for his strong, unique and individualistic personality.
Raphael was once a teacher, cartoonist and a radio producer before becoming a full- time painter. In this large acrylic on canvas artwork, Raphael depicts a garden of his own interpretation, using splashes of contrasting hues that somewhat work in sync with one another. Lined with bold black streaks and the overlapping shades of white, it’s a piece that can be easily appreciated.