Joel Rea

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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.

CV

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

2016 Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney
2016 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
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

2017
Art Stage Singapore, Mitchell Fine Art Group Exhibition, Singapore
Moran Portrait Prize Finalists Exhibition, Touring Australia Exhibition

2016
Jonathan LeVine Gallery Group Show, Juxtapoz Clubhouse, Miami, USA.
Mosman Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Sydney
Moran Portrait Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Juniper Hall, Sydney

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.

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