Joel Rea is a highly acclaimed and multi award-winning artist known for his surreal, allegorical paintings. Rea’s oil on canvas works stand somewhere between genres of hyperrealism, photorealism and virtuosic Renaissance realism. From this amalgamation of influences, Rea has created a unique and recognizable style portraying social awareness and personal introspection through his impeccable execution of brush work detail. Inspired by the mysteries of the animal kingdom and the Universe beyond, Rea’s meanings and narratives touch on the vast complexity of the human condition, presenting messages embracing the ageless turmoil of human inner consciousness and our species’ unwavering desire to survive. Rea combines contemporary visuals with qualities of the sublime in painting, provoking the deepest possible emotional response through technically achieved aesthetics.
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Rea juxtaposes visual elements to create an attention-grabbing story. His paintings, both beautiful and savage, make the viewer wonder about the story presented on canvas. They freeze in the moment before the inevitable happens, leaving the viewer captivated in front of a dramatic and tragic scene. His works centre around issues of survival, climate change and extinction. Rea’s symbolism is accessible and understandable, but at the same time deep and comforting, a painless vivid dream with endless possibilities.
Nature is both a majestic source of purity, a timeless physical element, and dark, threatening force, which can be destructive. The power of destruction contained within Rea’s animals and elements is both alluring and devastating. It is a metaphor for human experience and emotion. The dreamlike and catastrophic paintings celebrated life and deconstructed its perfection at the same time. Through all of his paintings, Joel Rea does not only demonstrate his undeniable skills with a brush, but also introduces us to his own re-invented universe and takes us on an unexpected adventure filled with action and intrigue.