LOT 9 | Auction XXXV




B.Perak, 1961

Tu Burungnya, 2011

Signed and dated “Shafurdin Habib 2011” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

43.5 x 28.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 1,500 – RM 3,000


The lovely landscapes that the Malaysian countryside has to offer certainly proves as a muse for Shafurdin Habib, as he captures the beauty of nature at its best, untouched and flourishing. Utilising his virtuosity with watercolour, he paints on paper very skillfully the hills, the trees, the skies, the sands and the seas along with villagers. Although it is a simple depiction of the sceneries of a humble setting, Shafurdin fastidiously details every single bit and form of this piece, wowing the viewers with its complexity. It shows young boys at a kampung scene, pointing towards the trees and searching for a bird, resulting in an atmosphere that truly reminds one of the simplest pleasures of life.

It is proven in both these pieces, as Shafudin’s painting comes alive through his experiences there. This piece depicts the serene milieu of farmers during harvest season. He explores the allure and essential physiognomies of the beautiful views that make Malaysian countrysides – the abundant trees and the charming simplicity.