B. Selangor, 1974
White Roses, 2006
Signed and dated “Rafin 1006” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
35 x 25 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
This piece exudes serenity from the top to the bottom. Nik Rafin, despite being trained in photography, clearly has a flair for watercolour as well.
With cool colours, he creates a tranquil atmosphere out of the simplest of subject matters, white roses. The realness of this piece is even more plausible as one glances at the leaves, the petals and the surrounding nature. The piece is accurate, detailed and carefully thought of, and one can almost feel as if the flowers are blooming out of the paper itself. All in all, this piece speaks of purity, demureness and elegance.
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.