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Joel Rea

b.1983

Lives and works in Queensland, Australia

Studies

2001 – 2003

Bachelor of Fine Art Graduate, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

AWARDS & PRIZES

2014 Winner, Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, People’s Choice Award, Perth

2014 Finalist, Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

2013 Winner, ANL Maritime Art Award, Melbourne

2013 Finalist, Fleurieu Art Prize, Adelaide

2013 Finalist, Salon Des Refuses, Archibald Prize, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2013 Finalist, Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Perth

2012 Semi-Finalist, Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney

2012 Highly Commended, Clayton Utz Art Award, Brisbane

2011 Highly Commended, Metro Art Award, Melbourne

2011 Winner, Gold Coast Rotary Young Achiever in Vocational Excellence, Fine Art

2011 Finalist, Prometheus Visual Art Award, Gold Coast

2011 Finalist, Clayton Utz Art Award, Brisbane

2010 Finalist, Metro Art Award, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Finalist, Redland Gallery Art Award, Biennial Contemporary Painting Competition, Cleveland

2003 Awarded Golden Key International Honour Society membership for outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence.

2003 Granted the Griffith Award for academic excellence in Fine Art, Queensland College of Art.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015, Beasts of Arcadia, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, USA

2014, Eternal, Gallery One, Gold Coast, AUS

2014, The Other Side, Gallery One, Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2013, Beneath the Blue, Gallery One, Gold Coast

2012, Existence of Reality, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2010, Monuments and Miniatures, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2009, The Balance Divine, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2007, Where There’s Fire, Art Melbourne07, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2006, High Fidelity, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

EXHIBITIONS

2015

Paintguide, International Group Exhibition, The Unit Gallery, Soho, London

Cutback: Surfing Through Art, Group Exhibition, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast

2014

Conquest of Space: Science Fiction and Contemporary Art, COFA, UNSW, Sydney

Based on Actual Events, Group Exhibition, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York

Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Black Swan Portrait Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Perth

2013

Another Time Another Place, Group Exhibition, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

Fleurieu Art Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Adelaide

Maritime Art Award, Finalists Exhibition, Melbourne

Black Swan Portrait Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Perth

Salon Des Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2012

Art on Art, Group Exhibition, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast

San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, California, USA

Clayton Utz Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Brisbane

Art Melbourne 2012, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2011

Metro Gallery Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Melbourne

Art Melbourne11, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Clayton Utz Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Brisbane

Lethbridge 10000 Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Brisbane

Prometheus Visual Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Gold Coast

2010

Art Sydney10, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

Redland Gallery Art Award, Biennial Contemporary Painting Competition, Finalists Exhibition, Cleveland

Metro Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Metro Gallery, Melbourne

Group Exhibition, Astras Galleries, Gold Coast

Netanya Resort Conference, Hastings Street, Noosa

2009

New Paintings, Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, California, USA

Art Melbourne 09, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

New Paintings, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2008

Art Sydney08, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

Art Brisbane08, Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

Art Melbourne08, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

New Paintings, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2007

Art Sydney07, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

New Paintings, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

Art Melbourne07, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2006

Sajen Legal Art Show, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast

Art Melbourne06, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

New Paintings, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

St. Margaret’s Art Show, Ascot, Brisbane

Art Sydney06, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

2005

Brisbane Art Fair, Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

Art Sydney05, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

Melbourne Affordable Art Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

New Paintings, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2004

Mentorship, Brett Lethbridge, Brisbane

Departure Lounge Group Exhibition, Gold Coast

Border Art Prize, Tweed River Art Gallery

TRAVEL/GALLERY RESEARCH

2008

Musee Du Louvre / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France. The National Gallery, London, England. Guggenheim, Venice, Italy. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Uffizi Gallery / Galleria Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy. Dali Museum, Barcelona, Spain.

2015

United States, New York City Residency and Solo Exhibition.

JOEL REA

Joel Rea was born in 1983 and graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003. He has exhibited his work in Australia and the United States and has been acclaimed for his oil paintings in many prestigious art awards through out Australia. In 2013 he was selected for the Archibald Salon Des Refuses exhibition in Sydney, the Black Swan Award for Portraiture in Perth, the Fleurieu Landscape Prize in Adelaide and was the winner of the 2013 ANL Maritime Art Award in Melbourne. In 2014 Rea was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Sulman Prize held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and for the second year in a row was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Black Swan Portraiture Prize held in Perth, winning the People’s Choice Award. In 2015 Rea followed up with a New York City residency and solo exhibition with the prominent Jonathan Levine Gallery, and for his first appearance in his country of origin England,  Rea has been selected alongside 60 renowned international artists in the world’s first Paintguide exhibition held in London.

In a recent article for the Huffington Post, Brandon Kralik writes  – ‘Representational painting today is not what it used to be and cannot be dismissed as longing for the past or harkening back to the Romantics of the 19th century. Although Rea’s work shares an aesthetic with Romanticism this is not about going back at all. They take from the past and move us toward tomorrow. He calls himself a Contemporary Surrealist Painter. Wikipedia describes Contemporary art as having developed from Postmodern art and although Joel Rea is very much alive and is dealing with issues of our present time, his work is far removed from the multimedia and purely conceptual work that has come to define Postmodernism and much of what is referred to as Contemporary art. To me Rea’s work moves in separate direction, one that is reconstructive, or Post Contemporary, as it places importance on craftsmanship and empathy. One thing for certain is that Rea’s paintings speak in a language where such words are not needed at all. There need be no artspeak to accompany them, to tell the viewer what is happening. The paintings speak for themselves.‘ September, 2015.

Carlos Revilla was born August 19, 1940 in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the son of a Peruvian diplomat and a French mother. His father’s profession took young Revilla to several countries in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Between 1956 and 1961 he was a student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam with his first exhibitions presented in Brussels, Paris and Rome. While living in Cadaqués, Spain, he formed a strong friendship with Salvador Dali, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp who had great creative impact on him and his surrealist style. In search of his roots, from 1960 he traveled to Peru, the country he felt was his true home.

Artist Statement My latest paintings drawings and objects respond to two concerns.

Nicola Caredda was born in Cagliari in 1981. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari and undertake an independent and singular pictorial search path rather secluded compared to the most popular movements by local artists of his age

Milan-based artist Thomas Cian is extraordinarily talented with a pencil, and lucky for us he has chosen to open the pages of his sketchbook to share a wide variety of drawings and experiments online.

Pedro Covo was born in Cartagena de Indias -Colombia on 1988, graduated from Visual Arts in the Javeriana University of Bogota in 2011, made an online visual essay course in schoolism Canada on 2013 and have worked for several magazines and companies since 2008 in Colombia and abroad, such as EuroDisney, Der Spiegel, Tv Channel Historia in Quebec, Detroit Business, Reveu Long Course, Semana, El Tiempo, and many others

Illustrator Dima Rebus was born in a small town in Russia in 1988 and graduated from art school in Moscow in 2011. He now works on a wide range of projects ranging from his personal artwork to illustrations for magazines and other publishing houses. I really enjoy the edgy, somewhat unsettling nature of his work, there’s a strange sort of tension in every piece that really makes it stand out. You can see much more over on Dima Rebus.