Lot 83 | Auction XX

LOT 83

Shafurdin Habib
B. Perak, 1961

Masjid Ar Rahmah Ampang Pecah, Kuala Kubu Bahru, 2014

Signed and dated “Shafurdin Habib 2014” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

30 x 45 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 1,200 – RM 2,500

Although inspirations may come in various forms, for Shafurdin Habib, it is the opulent, charming and picturesque landscapes of what we see everyday. For a true depiction of a subject, an artist must have a special connection with it. It is proven in this piece, as Shafudin’s painting of the rustic life comes alive through his experiences there.

Beautifully done with watercolour on paper, he explores the allure and essential physiognomies of the beautiful views that make the Malaysian everyday setting beautiful – the nondescript architecture and the charming simplicity. Depicted here is a modest mosque, accurate in depiction and as beautiful as the real thing.

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.