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Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound

Against the blue and lilac sky, a group of workers carry baskets on their backs and trudge through a vast, green landscape - returning home after a day’s work. In the foreground, the Bidayuh artist deploys abstract strokes and fluid lines to resemble flowers, shrubs and tall grass. Warm and cool colours strike a harmonious balance in the painting. Raphael Scott Ahbeng is best known for his abstract renditions of natural landscapes, using oil and acrylic as his preferred mediums. A deep reverence for the landscape and people of his native Sarawak is evident in his work.

Oil on canvas
61 x 119 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Raphael Scott Ahbeng
About Raphael Scott Ahbeng

Raphael Scott Ahbeng (b. 1939-2015, Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia) was an esteemed Bornean artist. At the age of 16, he was selected by the British Council to study arts in the United Kingdom - he completed an Art Specialist Teaching course at Bath Academy of Arts and a drama course in London in 1973. Before pursuing a full-time career as an artist, Raphael was a RTM broadcaster, and cartoonist and columnist for ‘Beng’s Sunday’ in the Sarawak Tribune in the 80s. He was awarded first prize in the Sarawak Shell Open art competition in 1959, 1982, and 1983, and third in the Natural Malaysia art competition in 1991. He also served as advisor to the Sarawak Artists Society (1999-2000).

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