B. Kedah, 1962
Night Walker I, 2007
Signed, titled and dated “Rafiee Ghani ‘Night Walker I , 2007″ on verso
Acrylic on canvas
122 x 152 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 22,000 – RM 30,000
Rafiee Ghani’s artworks are just as colourful as he is and he is well known in the local fine arts sphere for his lyrical abstract and contemporary paintings. The artist’s style can be associated with French paintings of the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially those of Post-Impressionists, the Nabis and the Fauves. This kinship reveals a continuous juxtaposition of Western and contemporary Malaysian paintings since the 1930’s. His artworks aren’t easy to miss for their loud, dynamic use of colours and strokes that make his style particularly distinctive and emotive. Those who collect his art appreciate the spontaneity yet mastery of his visual expression. The strong colours and joyful tone are also distinctive, and ultimately, the works are evergreen due to the timeless nature of his themes. This painting, named ‘Night Walker I’, departs from his abstract norm to illustrate a real work which sees a child striking a pose, joyful and carefree in what seems like a garden or play area. Rafiee Ghani injects his colourful hallmark into the piece.