"I have been painting neon signs and disappearing storefronts for almost fifteen years. My fascination with neon signs began years ago while driving down the I-5 heading to California. I soon discovered these iconic symbols of a bygone era in America were gems hiding in plain sight. I can only hope to give these nostalgic treasures the justice they deserve by applying my technique of utilizing vibrant color and capturing the intense light & shadows the neon tubing casts."
Will Rafuse, "STARLITE MOTEL - The Diving Lady (Evening)," 2021, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches - $9,000
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Will Rafuse was raised on the Canadian Prairies, and after calling Vancouver home for decades, he spent ten years in Montreal before moving to the East Coast to Saint John, New Brunswick.
A graduate of Capilano University in Graphic Design and Illustration, North Vancouver B.C. Rafuse later partnered with Canadian Art Prints who distributed his images on posters to over 50 countries. His paintings have been featured in many movies and television shows.
Rafuse is a self-taught artist who works exclusively in oils. He is known for his multiple layers of paint, his vibrant saturated colors, and his contemporary realistic depictions of disappearing nostalgic neon signs and urban landmarks.
The artist’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows across North America and he has collectors throughout the world.