Joel Rea was born in 1983 and graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003.
Identifying as a contemporary surrealist painter, Rea creates imagined scenarios that represent and deal with the issues of the present. All constructed in his recognisable hyperrealistic style, Rea’s work is a meld of political, social and environmental commentary.
''My working life as an artist consists of meticulously moving paint whilst absorbing numerous sources of audio information via the internet. My hunger for knowledge grows at an accelerated rate but ultimately I am within a universe of constant distraction, a mental state of constant fantasy, memory and imagination constraint by my animal body.
I attempt now in my new work to open doors to these many windows of sublime curiosity, to commentate… We’ve travelled millions of years to get here, a race with amnesia pelting forward and fooled by a blue-sky vale. Our personal needs made paramount over investigating the human consciousness, the most miraculous creator ever present.'' Joel Rea 2016.
Rea has exhibited throughout Australia and more recently in the UK and the USA.
In 2013 Rea was the Winner of the 2013 ANL Maritime Art Award (VIC), and has been a finalist in numerous prestigious Australian art prizes including the Moran National Portrait Prize (NSW), Salon Des Refuses (NSW), Black Swan Art Prize (WA), Fleurieu Landscape Prize (SA) and the Sulman Prize (NSW).
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