B. Selangor, 1974
Mindscape Series 2, 2011
Signed and dated “Rafin 911” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 39.8 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Nik Rafin’s pieces have always been filled with vim and vigour, always bursting with enormous energy.
It is only fitting that he names this piece Mindscape, this painting works as a means of an escape from one’s worries and troubles, a nook inside one’s mind. The artist’s comprehensive and graphic work is also not lost in this piece, his fine lines present in every part of the canvas, and the play of circles create an orchestra of shapes and form, successfully adding more intricacy and uniqueness to an already beautiful piece.
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. Nik captures his subjects through his camera lenses first before reinterpreting and reinventing them on canvas.