Lot 44| Auction XXII

LOT 44

B. Selangor, 1974

Foodmarket in Central Melbourne, 1999

Signed and dated “Raf 99” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

16 x 21 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 428.34

With colours bursting with life and exuberance, Nik Rafin creates an art piece that seems to invigorate the viewer. One can almost hear the noises emitting from the marketplace. Done in cool colours and misty forms that complement each other, one is given the impression that this is akin to a memory, as the atmosphere is bursting with nostalgia.

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.