Joel Rea - Now Represented by Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane
Published on 29 Nov 2016 5:35:00 PM
Mitchell Fine Art welcomes Joel Rea
It is with great pleasure that Mitchell Fine Art announces its representation of Queensland based artist, Joel Rea.
Rea will debut with Mitchell Fine Art in January 2017 as part of a group exhibition at Art Stage Singapore. He is also set to present a solo exhibition of new works in late 2017which will be Rea's first exhibition in Brisbane in over 4 years. 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” Joel Rea, 2016.
NEED TO KNOW
Winner of the 2013 ANL Maritime Art Award (VIC);
Finalist in 2016 Moran National Portrait Prize (NSW);
Finalist in numerous prestigious Australian art prizes including the Salon Des Refuses (NSW), Black Swan Art Prize (WA), Fleurieu Landscape Prize (SA) and the Sulman Prize (NSW);
Exhibited in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.