Oil on canvas, 23.5x19in, 60.5x49cm
In this painting, Nerfins signature use of vivid colours is in full effect. The contrast of the royal blue, bright yellow and soft violet produces both a tension and energy that lights up the room. He plays with texture as well, making the flower petals and leaves look like origami paper. The harsh, stark lines make the painting seem rough, depicting the subject in a way that is uncommon for flowers. He expresses this thing of beauty in such a way that, in turn, he expresses the beauty in the unusual.
After serving in the military during WWII, Jean E. Nerfin worked in London and Paris. It was here that he was able to absorb the sophisticated art scene of the 1940s. He then spent two years travelling in Africa. In 1951, he opened his own commercial design firm in New York., where he worked on window displays for large department stores. During this time, he also exhibited his personal paintings at the Greenwich Village Art Show. In 1975, he was finally able to dedicate himself full time to his craft and opened a studio in Santa Barbara, California. Nerfin, however, does continue to collaborate on magazine covers and private commissions.