Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Beasts of Arcadia, a series of new works by Australian artist Joel Rea in his first solo exhibition at the gallery. September 12th – October 10th, 2015.
Opening Reception: September 12, 6 – 8pm at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W 20th St, New York, USA. Exhibition Runs: September 12th – October 10th, 2015.
Press Release –
Rea takes viewers on breathtaking adventures in his hyperreal oil paintings of imagined realities. Using ultra fine brushes, sometimes as thin as just a few hairs, his meticulous landscapes draw attention to the vast grandeur of nature and its uncontrollable and sometimes destructive forces. Inspired by various media and personal experiences, Rea’s surreal narratives reflect the complexity of reality and human emotion.
The duality of the natural world is a reoccurring theme in Rea’s work and in Beasts of Arcadia, he celebrates life while simultaneously deconstructing the perfection of its existence. Sublimely monstrous animals, tenacious tsunami waves and boundless terrains encompass his subjects, creating an alluring yet treacherous spectacle of unlimited outcomes.