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LOT 4

RAFIEE GHANI
B. Kedah, 1962

Green Palms, 1994

Signed on lower left                       
Art Salon Kuala Lumpur gallery label affixed on the reverse

Oil on canvas

64 x 72 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Illustrated on page 61 of “Painted Garden RAFIEE GHANI” exhibition catalogue

Published in 1996 by Rusli Hashim Fine Art Kuala Lumpur

RM 5,000 – RM 8,000


For Rafiee Ghani, it’s all about the mood. It is about feelings. Take for example, he has said that he does not merely paint melons or mangoes, he paints his “feelings” about them.

“I am using juxtaposition of forms and colours to bring about that mood in an enclosed space. Having delicate and beautiful things so close, we tend to overlook it. I want to rearrange it. Make it more visible and so that we can stop and look around us.”

When we look at Rafiee Ghani’s paintings, we may notice quite a few things about him and his artworks. There is the love for the environment, and the passionate love for colour and that he looks at the world very differently. Both the colour and abstraction result in a hypnotising piece that beckon the viewer to dissect the narration behind it, trying to understand it and at the same time, change our view of what nature truly is like through Rafiee Ghani’s works.

Rafiee Ghani was born in Kulim, Kedah. He studied and obtained the De Vrije Academie Voor Bildeende Kunst at The Hague, Netherlands. Thereafter, he pursued his Diploma in Fine Art from Institut Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam. He then obtained his Master of Art in Fine Prints at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1987.

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