Spirit Lily by Joseph Raffael

Spirit Lily by Joseph Raffael

Spirit Lily

Joseph Raffael

Title

Spirit Lily

 
Artist

Joseph Raffael

  1933 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1976  
Technique
color aquatint 
Image Size
17 3/8 x 23" image 
Signature
green pencil, lr 
Edition Size
16 of 50  
Annotations
titled, editioned and dated 
Reference
Artists' Prints 612 
Paper
white wove Rives BFK 
State
published 
Publisher
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NY 
Inventory ID
13748 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description
“Painting has been for me the way to explore the exalting and profound mystery of being alive & here on this earth. My mother was a farmer’s daughter from the tip of Long Island. As a family, we lived in Brooklyn. It was W.W.II and we had a victory garden and flowers in the backyard. The garden meant something very deep to my mother. I helped her with it. More than anything else my own experience of the plant nature realm was influenced and inspired by my mother & that garden amidst its plants and the cherry tree. I now 6 decades later paint cherry tree blossoms from Lannis’ and my garden here in France. The Brooklyn garden is where I first witnessed the patterns of seasons, the dormant times, the flourishing times. I think nature’s alchemy really affected me from those beginning garden times. Alchemy and magic in the sense of the wonder of watching buds come out of the earth. They weren’t there yesterday, but here they are today.. Seeing blossoms come alive is the same as watching a painting come forth out of the white space of a page or a canvas. The garden is another example of how one begins with nothing but seeds and the brown colored space of the earth from which, little by little, the garden emerges.” -Joseph Raffael 2009 https://josephraffael.com/