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LOT 81

Raphael Scott AhBeng
B. Sarawak, 1939

Suhai Heights, 2013

Signed and dated “RSA 13 SUHAI HEIGHTS” on lower right

Acrylic on board

30.5 x 30.5 cm

Sapphire Feeling, 2013

Signed and dated “RSA 13 Sapphire Feeling” on lower right

Acrylic on board

30.5 x 30.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 2,800 – RM 4,000


“I paint subjects that are close to my heart – nature and landscapes. Unlike people, they are silent and don’t criticize” – RSA

His many accomplishments reveal a spirited character, with an unquenchable thirst for learning various subjects. He, the master of the Sarawak natural landscapes, is known to have a bias for reds in his already florid palette. His paintings are easily recognised as he has such a strong, individualistic style that sets him apart from the rest. His spirit can be seen in his artworks whether it be his landscapes, figures or even caricatures, although he is mostly recognised for his vibrant depictions of the Sarawakian rainforests.

Raphael Scoot AhBeng or better known as RSA, was born in Singhai, Bau District, Sarawak in 1939. Raphael Scott AhBeng has been painting now for over 60 years, since the age of 9. A multifaceted character with many talents, he has been a teacher of the Arts and the English language, a cartoonist and even a radio producer but has been known throughout the years and even today, as one of the most renowned abstract artists from Malaysia Borneo. In 1964 Raphael was awarded a British Council scholarship to study Art at the Bath Academy of Art in England, and in this period he traveled extensively in Europe studying the works of great European masters.

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