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Joseph Raffael

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Reflections, 2007 Watercolor On Paper 56 1/4 X 86 In
Joseph Raffael

520 W. 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
October 20th, 2007 - November 28th, 2007
Opening: October 20th, 2007 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.nancyhoffmangallery.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
chelsea
EMAIL:  
info@nancyhoffmangallery.com
PHONE:  
212 966 6676
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 10-6

DESCRIPTION
Since Raffael’s exhibition two years ago, an evolution has taken place in his work. Nature remains the artist’s subject and passion, which he approaches with new eyes and a new hand. While Raffael’s earlier watercolors focused on the riches of the world around his home and garden--the carp ponds, the flowers in his garden, the birds in his aviaries--the new work invites the viewer to new depths in the exploration of similar themes with a renewed view. The artist’s passion is palpable, the heartbeat of nature throbs in each color vibration that accompanies the subject of each new work. In watercolor, Raffael strives to penetrate the very essence of nature, to get inside the core of an iris and be dazzled by its light and glow, to gaze at roses in refulgent bloom parading across the paper unfurling their petals bearing their perfume visually. This is Raffael at his most sensual.

In 2006 Raffael painted a diptych entitled “Stegner,” a watercolor measuring 52x76 inches, of white-blossomed branches against a vivid clear blue sky. Gone were the jewel-encrusted, detail passages of the earlier watercolors, replaced by a sky of lucid, open blue. A window was opening for the artist into new terrain. And open it did in his next work entitled “Herald,” one of his own birds painted full scale, almost as tall as the paper, 66 inches, surrounded by a kaleidoscopically abstracted background of myriad colors: red, green, blue, purple. In this piece a new drama is present in the juxtaposition of representational (the bird) and swirling abstraction (the background). The energy of the highly “real” and the highly abstract continues in each ensuing watercolor.


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