Lot 056

b. Sarawak, 1939


Titled, signed and dated ‘Solace at Sematan
RSA ‘95’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
60cm x 90cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 9,000

Solace At Sematan is classic Raphael Scott Ahbeng. The natural environment is depicted in muted splendour, the artist’s love for this type of territory is evident. The rounded shapes that form the cliffs, and the warm colours suggest a comfort found in the familiar landscape, with the greys coming across the canvas as if a cooling wind was blowing through. Raphael’s signature dynamic strokes and intense colour schemes is on full display in this piece, exhibiting his unique ability to depict the spirit of his environs and inject his own personality into his works in a variety of ways.

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.