Rafiee Abdul Ghani is an established Malaysian artist who comes frro Kulim in Kedah. Born in 1962,Rafiee obtained the De Vrije Academie Voor Bildeende Kunst at the Hague, Netherlands in 1980 beforehe completed his Diploma in Fine Art from the then Mara Institute of Technology in Shah Alam. Fromthere, he would continue to the United Kingdom where he finished his Master of Art in Fine Prints in1987 at the Manchester Metropolitan University.Since then, Rafiee has been actively involved and participated in the Malaysian art scene. His earlyworks were exhibited at the National Open Show in 1983 while he was also involved with many showsin the United Kingdom when he was studying there. This would include the onoprints Art Exhibition inLoughborough, the Miniature Print show at The Corner House in Manchester, the Mezzotints ArtExhibition at the Whitworth Gallery and many more. After returning to Malaysia, he would continueto further develop his career in the art world where his works were showcased in major art spacesaround. He was also the lecturer at the National Youth Service at the Mahe in Seychelles from 1989 to1990. From there, he would continue to join group and solo exhibitions to further cement himselfamong the great Malaysian artists of his time.3DescriptionThe Following Sea is painted by on of Malaysian artist in Kuala Lumpur, Rafiee Abdul Ghani. He wasborn at Kedah, Malaysia. His biography is not available on the internet but he is well known in KualaLumpur because of his colorful and very intimidating painting.One of his painting was hang-up in Balai Seni Negara,Kuala Lumpur. His painting is one of the mostattractive painting. From what we see, the colour usage in his painting is not just bright colours but itis also harmony. Eye catching pun not sore-eye. For certain artist like Picasso his self also brave enoughto use bright colours.From what we can observe, it is about the ocean that is been tainted by man-kind itself. The strongwaves is painted in different colours. The environment is surrounded with trash and seem like emptybottle at the edge of the painting. There are many thing that can be found in this painting. Plasticcontainer at the bottom of the painting is really noticible.This contemporary abtract painting has alot of inorganic shape and size. Some part of the painting theartist only use line to represent the object. Another noticible object is the leaf on the top middle ofthis artwork. The leaf is one of an organic shape.Geometrical usage also been seen in this painting, circle is probably a ball. The mashed up orunorganize placement of object made it a little bit difficult to decribe whether is a nice calming sea-side painting or a dirty and tainted sea-side view. Furthermore, the painting itself show some life inour daily life. This painting makes people realise how clumsy mankind is for not being responsibletoward the environment.In this painting there are some part that is a bit darker than the other part. The sea-side and skies isslightly darker than the ocean. But from what an indivitual understanding, the ocean is also taintedand this shows by the usage of colours.The reason and the main causes why this painting is eyecandy,the artist use oil paint and brushes.Different type of brushs give different outcome. Other than that, Traditional oil paints require an oilthat always hardens, forming a stable, impermeable film. Such oils are called siccative, or drying, oils,and are characterized by high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. One common measure of thesiccative property of oils is iodine number, the number of grams of iodine one hundred grams of oilcan absorb. Oils with an iodine number greater than 130 are considered drying, those with an iodinenumber of 115-130 are semi-drying, and those with an iodine number of less than 115 are non-drying.Linseed oil, the most prevalent vehicle for artists’ oil paints, is a drying oil.When exposed to air, oils do not undergo the same evaporative process that water does. Theadvantage of the slow-drying quality of oil paint is that an artist can develop a painting gradually.Earlier media such as egg tempera dried quickly, which prevented the artist from making changes orcorrections. With oil-based paints, revising was comparatively easy. The disadvantage is that a paintingmight take months or years to finish, which might disappoint an anxious patron. Oil paints blend wellwith each other, making subtle variations of color possible as well as creating many details of light andshadow. Oil paints can be diluted with turpentine or other thinning agents, which artists takeadvantage to paint in layers.4AnalysisThe Following Sea was painted on a 314×214 cm canvas which is very big. The canvas itself almostcover up th whole wall at Balai Seni Negara, Kuala Lumpur. It took the artist months and months tofinish it up. But there also small part of the object in the painting is what makes it more interesting.The combination and usage of big size, medium size and small size is located inside the painting itself.With canvas that is big itself, the artist use some medium and large scale to make the object moreoutstanding. The artist use small scale or small amount for the details, the waves curved with the helpof the small details.For this painting the artist use two types of shape relationship, some are organic some of it is inorganic.From the painting itself we can see that some of the edge is soft and some of it is looking slightly hard.This is because the artist used all this element to creat the feeling of how not responsible mankindcould be. The jagged shape in the painting is use multiple times, from the top left of the painting, allthe hape are mixed up and can not be identify but with one who know how to see it, we can see allthe leaf are pilling up because of the hectic sea.The artist use polychromatic color scheme, its a multi-colour harmony that uses tints, tones and shadesof various colours scattered around the colour wheel. He also put harmony into his artwork, the overallcolour design which includes compatible or contrasting variation of one or more colors, like the coloros the ocean, he use very strong and bright colours to show how hectic the ocean is. The technic thatis used is a light on dark color scheme is a color scheme that uses light-colored object on a darkbackground and he combines it with dark on light color scheme. This what makes it more eyecandytowards the public.As we know oil paint leave different outcome of surface. The artist use Impasto technicque to his art.Impasto is an art term used to describe thickly textured paint that is almost three-dimensional inappearance. Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in the finished painting.Many times those brush strokes are actually more important than the subject matter itself. From thefront, impasto paint is highlighted by whatever natural light is in the room and with heavy impasto itis be able to see shadows underneath the paint too. Unlike wet-on-wet blending techniques, impastoreally makes a physical statement, which can be find it most often in expressive, abstract works.This painting use most of the canvas space, leaving no empty spaces or white color tone from thecanvas. There are two perspective point. Overlapping is mostly used in this painting to fit all the trashfrom the side of the seaside. Even the waves show olny a little bit at the edge. Placement of the objectand the ocean is like from a side point of view.from one point of the sea it is bright and futher to themiddle is started to form a shadow kind of color and at the left side is already in a darker tone but stillfull of vibrant color.5InterpretationThe humanity has progressed astonishingly. In this time and age, reality is defined by science andtechnology, and the abstract and the ambiguous carry very little standing. Today’s world is so modernand what were previously arduous can now be accomplished by a mere push of buttons and keys. Toa certain extent, the life we lead today is an effortless one.Rafiee Ghani creates stylised lyrical paintings that are visually stimulating. Rafiee Ghani attended aprintmaking workshop at De Vrije Akademie Voor Bildeende Kunsten at The Hague in 1980. Heobtained a Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Arts) from MARA Institute of Technology (ITM) in 1985followed by Master in Fine Prints (MFA) from Manchester Polytechnic, England in 1987. Between 1986and 1988, Rafiee became a lecturer in Fine Arts (Painting and Printmaking) at MARA University in ShahAlam and continued teaching from 1989 and 1990 to Major students.Human beings that we are, we let this effortlessness take over our lives. We forget that life in itself isa game of inches. We become lazy, and we take things at face value. We don’t wait; nor have thepatience for delayed gratifications. We want answers immediately, and that’s why Google has a MarketCap of over USD 400 billion. We stop asking the hard questions, and stop assessing what success reallymeans to us personally. We fail to differentiate that our scurry of activities isn’t necessarily productive.No wonder we get repeatedly disappointed, and yet we start the vicious cycle all over again. We thenask, “Is this it?” And when Google cannot provide the answer, we shrug it off relenting life to be whatwill be. We survive but we stop to thrive. We get by aloof, unfeeling, and uninspired.Thankfully, reality in art isn’t as cold and colourless. Without fail, art opens the doors of perceptionboldly and takes the audience along for an experience. A beautiful art piece isn’t restrictive to its visualimage alone. In fact, its true aesthetics lies in every inspired moments experienced by the artist duringhis personal journey and creation of his piece. In art, the canvas narrates the story without its creatorever needing to utter a single word, thus a captivating canvas is one that successfully surfaces all thebeauty and darkness from within.For artist Rafiee Ghani, living an inspired life is to see the world; to travel the path of his idols andcapture glimpses into the lives, and the inspirations they gathered. This time, his travel to Moroccoand Tunisia gave birth to Desert Rose the subsequent installation of his travel log and chapter from hispictorial autobiography. True to his trademark style of abstract contemporary, Desert Rose is aninvitation to experience the cities through the spontaneous strokes of Rafiee Ghani the result of whichno City Guide can rival.While we can generally agree that traveling broadens our minds and awakens our senses, few haveproven able to recollect those memories, and share the experience with such generosity andunblemished authenticity. Desert Rose is Rafiee Ghani’s third solo at Galeri Chandan after PerfumedGardens (2012) and Rainbow Warriors (2009), and his commentary continues to be passionate andvibrant6JudgementFormalismRafiee Abdul Ghani’s painting has always been , bright and bold colors that attract not just other artistbut also the public. Each part of his creation can be enhance and understood just by looking at it. Hisattention for audience to feel and realise the meaning of his painting is beyond comparison. For somepublic viewer it looks like a 5 years old painting because of the usage of brilliant and colourful colorscheme. Some may critic it as a symbol of teasing the mankind.His works are known for their loud and dynamic colours and brush strokes where his Intimism stylesare very well established where he is known to produce paintings of still-life that depicts all types ofobjects of everyday life including the likes of vases, stools, chairs, mugs, flower, food and fruits.Aesthetics form an important part of Rafiee’s paintings where he uses balance and composition totheir fullest potential, often producing artwork which are both aesthetically pleasing and artistic.Rafiee was formally trained in the arts and techniques of print-making but it is his mastery in oilpainting which sets him apart from other artists where he is known to fully utilize the limited use ofcolours known in printmaking techniques.As known by many, Rafiee’s artwork produces an imaginary illusion of images and objects which aresubmerged below his mastery in playing with colours which are vibrantly mixed and integrated. This iswhere one would be able to clearly see the objects which are portrayed amidst the sea of a strongtone of colour scheme which epitomizes Rafiee’s body of work.7ExpressivismThis painting show emotion of how the world is and how irresponsible mankind could be. This paintingshow that sea-side or marine pollution still happen in this country. Looking the beach with full of trashand unwanted item is too much. The artist main focus on the beach side instead of the ocean. Theocean is just an easier way for us to understand that this painting happen to be at the beach.Its not just a painting but its the reality in our environment. The clumsy attitude that mankind show,the artist puts it in one big painting to show his audience that this painting is not just to be looked,taking picture or passed by. But the artist wants it to examinate, where is this? Does this happen inreal life? The realizesation that the artist notice felt deeply it the hearts of the viewer.Rafiee Abdul Ghani’s painting is believes that it not just can make people realise but also be moremeaningful in one’s life.8InstrumentalismFrom this painting, the artist have faith that if the audience understand the meaning of his painting,one can change its life from slacking towards the environment to be more matured to see what willhappen if one does not change the way they see the world.It is an imaginative yet teasing painting toward mankind in the present. This painting is an instrumentto make people see and take responsible toward mothernature. A brilliant artist is at its best when itcan help to advice his audience just by his work of art.The connection that can be made between the masterpiece and the emotion of a person will be moreenhance if one is faces the same problem. From a search that had been made, one person said that itcomes to her attention that some how this feels like home, where everything is so tainted and polluted.This is more toward the environment instead of political issue that had been occur these days. But onecan relate to this art and make another conclusion where one describe many possible things that couldhappen in our life now a days.