RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
b. Sarawak, 1939
FROM A DISTANCE, 2007
Signed, dated and inscribed 'RSA' 07 From A Distance' (lower right)
Acrylic on board
89cm x 59.5cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 6,000 - 9,000
PRICE REALISED RM 6,720
From A Distance illustrates Raphael Scott Ahbeng’s signature composition exhibiting his unique ability to depict the spirit of his environs and inject his own personality into his works in a variety of ways. The scallop shaped mountains are positioned in an ascending manner to create perspective and the focus is at the middle section of the picture plane where an explosion of colours decorates the mountaintop.
Raphael Scott Ahbeng is one of the most established Borneo artists. He attended an Art and Photography course at Bath Academy of Art, United Kingdom from 1964 to 1967 and a drama course in London in 1973. He won first price at the Sarawak Shell Open Art Competition in 1959, 1982 and 1983, and third prize in the Natural Malaysia Art Competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1991. He served as an advisor in the Sarawak Artist’s Society from 1999 to 2000. His paintings have been held in the permanent collections of public institutions and private collectors in Malaysia and the surrounding region.