RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
(B. Sarawak, 1939)
Kuching South, 2011
Signed, titled and dated “RSA ‘11 KUCHING SOUTH” on lower right
Oil on board
61 x 91 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 10 of “Eastern Horizon by Raphael Scott AhBeng” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2014 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
SOLD – RM 7,280
Nature and landscapes are two things that Raphael Scott AhBeng holds dear to his heart. In classic AhBeng style, he expresses his love for the solitary environments with a stunning painting of the city of Kuching.
“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 as he does incite the soothing and calm atmosphere that seems to emanate from his beloved hometown, Sarawak. With intense colouring and bold strokes, the display of the forms and colours instantaneously create an aura calmness and comfort while being close to nature at the same time. In this piece AhBeng depicts his true spirit and adoration for nature, all the while injecting bits and pieces of his personality.
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.