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LOT 32

Nik Rafin
B. Selangor, 1974

Danscape, 2015

Signed and dated “Rafin 7.15” on lower right

Acrylic on canvas

122 x 183 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 1,800 – RM 3,000


Always eccentric and never boring, Nik Rafin creates another masterpiece, tinting it this time with the every colour imaginable. He mixes all colours of excitement, enthusiasm and warmth, which draws the attention of viewers. The graphically comprehensive lines that the artist habitually incorporates into his painting is also present here, adding a more uniqueness and complexity to this piece. Nik Rafin explores the relationship between colours and shapes. Those works were mainly abstract, but this time he incorporates both abstract and definitive subject matter – dancers lost in the moment. Lines weave and circle around these dancers, placing them aesthetically as their silhouettes are projected to be the center of attention.

Nik Rafin studied Advanced Photography in the USA and pursued a Minor in Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He was an illustrator for Milwaukee’s newspaper, The Marquette Tribune, before Walt Disney offered him a seven-year contract to work as a graphic designer and illustrator. However, he turned it down after his father insisted he return home and contribute to Malaysia instead.

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