Monday, September 28, 2009

Herry Arifin, Toronto Watercolour Artist

Herry paints loosely, wet on wet, and this type of painting is ideal for him eliminating extraneous details, and closing in on his subjects. Unlike many new watercolour artists, Herry isn't afraid to include people in his works. Because of this his works are filled with energy and human vitality.

Herry is an eclectic artist and he eagerly paints, still lifes, landscapes and urban scenes. But, it seems to me that Herry's work comes to life when he paints his home city of Toronto. His delight of city scenes seems unlimited; be it street cars, ethnic neighbourhoods, busy sidewalks or boats in the harbour.

While Herry's urban scenes are lively and filled with the energy of the city, his still life pictures sparkle with the energy generated from his mature understanding of colour interplay and dynamics.

Herry Arifin, is relatively new to the art scene, but his watercolour paintings are making his presence known in the Canadian art scene.

Herry invites you to read on his website:

"Painting is, for me, a way of communicating, of expressing to others my feelings about the world around us. When I retired early, in 2002, I found that I had suddenly lost many of the opportunities for communicating that had come with my work. Painting has filled that need since then, and I think it could do so for many retirees.

People often think that to paint one must have unusual, inborn talent, or to go through a long period of training in art school. I found that is not really true – painting, like talking is a natural human activity. I had no special training as a young person, only after retiring, I attended painting classes. This taught me the fundamentals of design and of the technical aspects—handling paints and paper. Since then it has been a matter of practice, and looking as much as possible at high quality paintings by others.

The choice of medium and style for communicating in paint is a personal one. At first I wanted to imitate other painters, but fairly soon I realised that the important thing was to allow my own style to develop. I’ve chosen watercolor because it suits my personality as well as my painting style. What inspires me most is taking a busy, even chaotic, scene, and organising it into a pleasing, simple pattern of values and colors."

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