B. Kedah, 1962
The Tea Room, 1996
Oil on canvas
58.5 x 81 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Mood is crucial for Rafiee Ghani, as he has mentioned that he does not merely paint his subjects, but his feelings about his subjects. In a way, this piece is an emotions capsule, as Rafiee collects his thoughts, views and perspectives. Apart from that, his works also captures his rearrangement on what people normally look past, his translation of reality onto canvas.
The colours are eccentric and completely disorganized, giving it a cheery, easygoing feel to it. It does seem to pique the interest, as the arbitrariness of it all calls out to the viewer to acquaint themselves with each and every single stroke, line and colour in this piece.
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.