Description: An exercise in contrast, artist Raphael Scott Ahbeng (RSA) draws out hints of vibrance from cold and rigid branches of white and gray dominating the piece, with pockets of bright red, orange, yellow and green peeking out. Slowly making its way out, the bright colours can be expected to permeate and brighten the picture, if it was a moving picture. From his secluded studio in Bau, Sarawak, Raphael Scott Ahbeng still paints on a variety of subjects and styles, with his métier being abstract. Given his first solo in 1954, he took up an Art and Photography course at the Bath Academy of Fine Art in England (1964-1967). He also took up Drama in London in 1973 under a Sarawak Government scholarship. His awards include 1st Prize in the Sarawak Shell Open (1959, 1982, 1983), and 3rd Prize in the Natural Malaysia art competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1991. A Bidayuh, RSA, as he is sometimes known, is an artist (professional since 1990), a teacher, a photographer, a newspaper cartoonist and a radio producer. His solo exhibition Legend: A Borneo Artist at PINKGUY Gallery, showcases the complete oeuvre of Raphael’s 60 years of work.
Dimensions: 114cm x 85cm
Artist or Maker: RAPHAEL SCOTT AHBENG
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Kuala Lumpur
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