RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
B. Sarawak, 1939
Morning in Krokong, Sarawak, 2005
Signed, titled and dated “Morning in Krokong, Sarawak RSA 2005” on lower right
Oil on board
30.5 x 22.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 52 of “RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG” solo exhibition catalogue
Published in 2014 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
In this unique oil on board painting by Raphael Scott AhBeng, a solitary area filled with a small cluster of trees is represented in shadowy forms and deep red hues set against a stark yellow backdrop. The trees are drooping, with their crowns hunched low, grouped together. The piece is remindful of a bright, sunny day and AhBeng chooses a specific location as his focus, an area in Sarawak dubbed Krokong.
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.