‘Outsider’ - an exhibition of new works by Joel Rea
Opening Night: Friday 6th Oct, 6 - 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday 7th Oct, from 2pm
A four-metre tiger stands serenely on a New York City corner surrounded by a handful of onlookers.
This image is the focal point of the feature artwork in the new exhibition by contemporary surrealist painter artist Joel Rea.
'Echo Repeat', 122 x 92cm oil on linen 2017
In this exhibition Rea looks at the notion of humanities assured omnipotence whilst acknowledging the fragility of our existence and the transitory nature of our time on this planet. Rea’s hyper real, allegorical works explore the dualities of the human condition.
Nature is presented as an all-consuming energy that is at the same time sublime but with a cautionary element. Viewers are invited to discover meaning behind the layers of imagery that at first may appear disconnected and random but have been thoroughly thought out by the artist and strategically placed.
'Crossroads', 122 x 170cm oil on canvas 2017
Based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Joel Rea has exhibited throughout Australia and more recently in the UK and US. In 2014 Rea won the People’s Choice Award in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. 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).
The exhibition opens on Friday 6th September at 6pm, with Rea in attendance. An Artist Talk will be held in the gallery on Saturday 7th September from 2pm.
The exhibition is showing at Mitchell Fine Art, 86 Arthur St Fortitude Valley, Brisbane from 27th September – 21st October.