RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
B. Sarawak, 1939
Signed, titled and dated “RSA ‘10 LANDSCAPE” on lower right
Oil on canvas
99 x 121 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 8,000 – RM 12,000
Teeming with various shapes, colours and shades, the audience is left to discover and unfold more and more colours the longer they engage themselves in this painting. There are various shades, colours and shades that make up this landscape. The colours amalgamate harmoniously, just as flora and fauna does and they are as diverse as the shrubbery and vegetation that make up beautiful landscapes.
Although AhBeng’s rendition of Nature is always atypical and a complete variant from most works about nature, as it seems that he has painted this landscape’s individual aura and he has introduced that to the viewer, enabling them to look through artistic eyes and mind.
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.