Joseph Raffael is an american contemporary realist artist born in 1933, Brooklyn, NY.
Joseph Raffael is a master in Fine Art Watercolors on paper painter.
The Nancy Hoffman Gallery New York City NY USA official representative of Joseph Raffael is selling fine art watercolors, watercolor paintings, reproductions, lithographs, posters and books.
Joseph is painting fine art watercolors in his home at Cap d'Antibes in the South of France where he is living with his wife Lannis Raffael.
Joseph's fine art paintings are inspired by flowers, nature, water, koi, animals, parrots, wind, water, bouquets, scenes from a life.
fine art watercolor artist website.
the Nancy Hoffman Gallery
520W 27th Street
212-966-6676Nancy Hoffman22 February 1933Brooklyn, NYJoe RaffaeleLannis RaffaelJoseph RaffaelmaleJosephRaffaelNancy HoffmanUSA711510Cap d'Antibes, France
writings on creativity
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost.
The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is on a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others"
"The imagination has no patience with repetition.
The old clichés of explanation and meaning are unmasked and their ...... transparency no longer offers shelter.
We become interested in what might be rather than what has always been.
Experimentation, adventure and innovation lure us towards new horizons.
What we never thought possible now becomes an urgent and exciting pathway".
John O'Donohue in Beauty -- The Invisible Embrace
"I am treading more and more into leaves and silence. I see more faces watching, non-human faces.
Ironically, I who profess no religion find the whole of my life a religious pilgrimage.
The origins of this hunger are as mysterious as why we, who are last year's dust and rain, have risen from that dust to to look about
with the devised crystal of a raindrop before we subside once more into snow and whirling vapor."
All the Strange Hours--The Excavation of a Life
by Loren Eiseley
"The First Lesson in Art:'Do Not Postpone' "
"The place that seems most dangerous
is exactly where safety lies"
"Seule la beauté peut sauver le monde."
"Only beauty can save the world."
"Follow Your Bliss!"
"Risk, Dare, Reach."
"Monet Refuses The Operation"
Poem by Lisel Mueller click here