B. Selangor, 1974
Mindscape Series 11, 2011
Signed and dated “Rafin 911” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 39.8 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 800 – RM 1,200
With colours bursting with life and exuberance, Nik Rafin creates an art piece that seems to invigorate the viewer. The cascade of crimson in this painting reminds the audience of motivation, energy and most of all, passion. It is, after all, a colour that symbolises strength.
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. Apart from its enlivening and loud effect, Nik Rafin’s love for detailed, descriptive work is apparent as he exquisitely draws fine lines on the various shapes, adding complexity and edge to this 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.