9 January until 3 February 2012

Fly By,Mixed media on paper,150cm x 77cm,2011

Fly By,Mixed media on paper,150cm x 77cm,2011

Goa I,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011

Goa I,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011

Goa II,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011

Goa II,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011

Goa III,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011

Goa III,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011

Hope Valley,213cm x 147cm,2011

Hope Valley,213cm x 147cm,2011

Kiss The Girl,Oil on canvas,102cm x 148cm,2011

Kiss The Girl,Oil on canvas,102cm x 148cm,2011

Mid Summer Wind I,Oil on canvas,112cm x 148cm,2011

Mid Summer Wind I,Oil on canvas,112cm x 148cm,2011

Mid Summer Wind II,Oil on canvas,112cm x 148cm,2011

Mid Summer Wind II,Oil on canvas,112cm x 148cm,2011

Moon Lake,Oil on canvas,157cm x 152cm,2011

Moon Lake,Oil on canvas,157cm x 152cm,2011

Redemption Song,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011

Redemption Song,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011

Saffron Sky,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Saffron Sky,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Tea Drinker,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Tea Drinker,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The Escort,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The Escort,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The Farm,Mixed media on paper,150cm x 77cm,2011

The Farm,Mixed media on paper,150cm x 77cm,2011

The Girls Always Visit,Oil on canvas,2011

The Girls Always Visit,Oil on canvas,2011

The Horse Whisperer I,Mixed media on paper,

The Horse Whisperer I,Mixed media on paper,

The Horse Whisperer II, mixed media on paper,57cm x 77cm,2011

The Horse Whisperer II, mixed media on paper,57cm x 77cm,2011

The King Goes Hunting,150cm x 77cm,2011

The King Goes Hunting,150cm x 77cm,2011

The Milkmaids,Oil on canvas,214cm x 147cm,2011

The Milkmaids,Oil on canvas,214cm x 147cm,2011

The Red Door,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011

The Red Door,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011

The Red Gate,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011

The Red Gate,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011

The Red Wall,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011

The Red Wall,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011

The School Bus,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The School Bus,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The Stroll,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The Stroll,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The Vendors,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

The Vendors,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Three Little Birds,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011

Three Little Birds,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011

Water Seller I,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Water Seller I,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Water Seller II,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Water Seller II,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Yasmin in red,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Yasmin in red,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011

Fire In The Mountain,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011

Fire In The Mountain,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011

Fly By,Mixed media on paper,150cm x 77cm,2011Goa I,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011Goa II,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011Goa III,Oil on canvas,76cm x 76cm,2011Hope Valley,213cm x 147cm,2011Kiss The Girl,Oil on canvas,102cm x 148cm,2011Mid Summer Wind I,Oil on canvas,112cm x 148cm,2011Mid Summer Wind II,Oil on canvas,112cm x 148cm,2011Moon Lake,Oil on canvas,157cm x 152cm,2011Redemption Song,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011Saffron Sky,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011Tea Drinker,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011The Escort,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011The Farm,Mixed media on paper,150cm x 77cm,2011The Girls Always Visit,Oil on canvas,2011The Horse Whisperer I,Mixed media on paper,The Horse Whisperer II, mixed media on paper,57cm x 77cm,2011The King Goes Hunting,150cm x 77cm,2011The Milkmaids,Oil on canvas,214cm x 147cm,2011The Red Door,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011The Red Gate,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011The Red Wall,Watercolor on paper,150cm x 100cm,2011The School Bus,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011The Stroll,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011The Vendors,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011Three Little Birds,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011Water Seller I,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011Water Seller II,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011Yasmin in red,Mixed media on paper,77cm x 57cm,2011Fire In The Mountain,Oil on canvas,140cm x 147cm,2011

About the Show

Art, like a good story, appeals to us as it takes us to wander in wonder. It gives us the chance to see, feel and explore through the eyes of an observant artist, who peels through the literal and aptly paints the unspoken and the abstract of the world. Art possesses the ability to evoke strong reactions from its viewers, as connection is often visceral rather than factual. At times, we may not be able to fully articulate our response but we “get” the artist and his artwork; his story. It playfully weaves our thinking and analysis with emotions and subconscious, and that is usually one journey rarely achieved through other means.

Together with a captivating narration, the sweet spot of an artwork also requires carefully formed composition as well as a display of the artist’s masterful technique. This deliberate creative process would result in a sincere artwork, but it is not necessarily pleasing to the common eye – the ugly could be just as compelling especially when it is intended to shock and throw the viewer off guard.

Humans that we are however, we have an inherent bias for the pretty. Here lies yet another challenge – could the artist create an artwork that completely mesmerises its audience; one that remains sincere to its story, yet at the same time fulfils the viewers’ aesthetic needs? Isn’t it particularly commendable then when this is achieved – when the artwork not only portrays everything that is beautiful but also invites the audience to see vivaciousness even in the most mundane of subject matters? Isn’t it remarkable when the artwork portrays a fresh outlook to the real and the familiar? Wouldn’t that be simply brilliant?

To usher in the year 2012, Galeri Chandan invites you to embark on a whimsical journey through the poetic lenses of Rafiee Abdul Ghani during his recent travel to India. Go along with the well-travelled artist; let him be your guide through his Perfumed Gardens and simply let yourself free to bathe in the fascinating narratives and the vivid spectrum of colours on feature.

You may well remember one other solo art exhibition titled Rainbow Warrior by the same artist in 2009, also held at this gallery. Indeed, it is an honour to host the Perfumed Gardens and how fitting to greet the coming year with a celebration of the artistic journey of a talented Malaysian artist. We look forward to a blessed, eventful year ahead and may the future be as vibrant as the artworks on display.

Happy New Year 2012 to you too! May this year be your best one yet.

Participating Artist

Rafiee Abdul Ghani