RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
B. Sarawak, 1939 – 2019
Monument Hill, 2009
Signed, dated and titled “RSA 2009 Monument Hill” on lower right
Oil on board
30.5 x 22.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 900 – RM 1,800
“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 the late Raphael Scott Ahbeng. That statement seems evident in this piece as he does provoke a sense of calmness to those who view it. Ahbeng’s fondness for nature is evident yet again in this piece, showcasing what seems to be a range of undulating hills. Bold strokes and intense colours further elevates the calmness that is resonated by the ‘Monument Hill’, as well as that of nature.
Born in Bau in 1939, Raphael Scott Ahbeng was one of the most renowned abstract artists that Malaysia has ever produced. Educated in the UK at the Bath Academy of Art, Raphael was known for his large canvases of overlapping light-coloured mountains which exude an airy feel.