RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
B. Sarawak, 1939
The Sanctuary, 2001
Signed and dated “RSA ‘01 The Sanctuary” on lower right
Mixed media on board
90 x 60 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 5,000 – RM 9,000
Raphael Scott Ahbeng was born in Bau in 1939 and is still going strong even today as one of the most renowned abstract artists that Malaysia has ever produced. Educated in the UK at the Bath Academy of Art, Raphael is known for his large canvases of overlapping lightcolored mountains which exude an airy feel. Before turning to paintings full-time, he was once a teacher, cartoonist and a radio producer.
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. In this piece AhBeng depicts his true spirit and adoration for nature, all the while injecting bits and pieces of his personality.
“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.