Follow Friday: Refael Idan Suissa

12 March 2021

This week's Follow Friday artist is Refael Idan Suissa, also known as @irefaels. He is a tattoo artist who is better known for his digital art. His digitally created prints resembles imperfectly handprinted linocut prints. His style is a nostalgic swirl of graphic novels and tarot cards.

I first came upon his work on Instagram, and thought they were such inspiring linocut prints. I later realised the prints were digitally created. Initially I was a bit disappointed. But after some reflection, I decided that I still love them regardless.

His works show admirable designs and aesthetics that stirs something in me, akin to nostalgia. I particularly love his multi-part prints, which flow like graphic novels, and with a tinge of Tarot. Something almost zen about them.

Did it matter that they are digitally created rather than hand drawn, hand carved or hand printed? Are digital arts somewhat lesser than physical-media art? Does the process matter or just the end results?

I don't want to dismiss the ingenuity of printmaking or the mastery and finesse of physical media artists. But at the same time, I don't want to be dismissive of digital art too. I have decided to waive judgement. I don't have the answer. What I know is, I love these prints.

Check out @irefaels on Instagra