Oriental influences gently brush this work as the modern world collides with the ancient, the exotic with the knowingly familiar. At the point of these collision lies the work of Rafferty who sees the tension and potency inherent in the joining of two styles. By using glowing collisions of industrial silvers and autumnal oranges, he manages to give warmth and stylistic depth. His use of greens and copper give a fabulous range to the overall texture of his work. Oriental characters live out a variety of cryptic, sensuous and deeply emotional situations, both richly fascinating and altogether relevant to a modern audience. All the facets of life lived on the cusp of tradition and the contemporary world are visible in these striking, glorious works. It is easy to see why a British audience sees so much in these works as they contain so many symmetries with life in our humble island.
When Raffety turns his hand to abstractions he does so in large scale, iconic works that drip in candy colours and vigour. They are not paintings for the feint hearted, not are they for an unassuming room, but they certainly make a statement and cry out for viewer attention. Acidic colours are scratched and scraped with energy and controlled aggression in order to create contemporary psychedelic works to bring light into a buyer’s world. The crisp invigoration of a waterfall in summer is captured in a wonderfully balanced, symmetrical painting that feels as though it could be alive. He handles the contrasts and balance of colour in a way that demonstrates his natural feeling for the effects of his palette. When he calms the colour scheme down for October Skies he creates a work which speaks of the soft light and calming tones of the season. Always varied and consistently brilliant, this artist deserves greater recognition which is why we are very proud to announce him as our artist of the week.