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Will Rafuse and Tim Fraser

Ian Tan Gallery
Vancouver, BC – Jul 10-29, 2010

Will Rafuse, Boots by Dayton

Will Rafuse, Boots by Dayton, Vancouver, BC (2010), oil on canvas [Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jul 10-29]

Will Rafuse, Super Carwash

Will Rafuse, Super Carwash (2010), oil on canvas [Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jul 10-29]

Will Rafuse, The Sidelines, Arcata, California

Will Rafuse, The Sidelines, Arcata, California (2010), oil on canvas [Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jul 10-29]

Two realist artists are being featured at Ian Tan Gallery in July. Will Rafuse graduated from Capilano College and began selling his illustrations through Canadian Art Prints before turning to painting. His signature style is recognizable from movies and television shows. A slightly wonky, hand-built look and his content – cute European restaurants and comical waiters – have recently evolved into a more slick and polished advertising style. Once inspired by the highly-mannered work of Modigliani and Botero, he is currently influenced by Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol.

Cats and dogs wearing shirts and dresses have made way for paintings depicting neon signs from such Vancouver landmarks as the Dairy Queen, The Only Sea Foods restaurant on Hastings, and Seattle's Elephant Super Car Wash, as well as still lifes of fast food items. Neon signs, popular in the '50s and '60s, today are all but vanished landmarks of an era that elicits nostalgia. With his current interest in strong colour and cultural icons, neon signs are an attractive new subject. Rafuse is currently living and painting in Montreal, Quebec.

Tim Fraser is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a Fine Arts graduate of Surrey’s Kwantlen College with a background in commercial art. He has exhibited with Ian Tan since 2005 and has become well-known for his dreamy and curvaceous paintings of the Vancouver seawall, with lollipop trees in luminous colours. Fraser regularly visits Stanley Park to capture new vistas of the seawall.


Mia Johnson

 Sun, Jun 6, 2010