Artists often concentrate their efforts into either a realistic approach or wild surrealism, but Joel Rea manages to mediate those two things and distil the greatest aspects of both styles in his own work. He renders all of his images hyperrealistically, giving viewers pictures that are as detailed as photographs. He then contrasts his lifelike visuals with otherworldly concepts that are sure to raise a few eyebrows. By combining realism with the impossible, audiences brains are confused in the best ways possible as it tries to rationalize what it’s looking at.
Still relatively young, Joel Rea is already making a huge for himself in his native Australia. At 24, he managed to sell a single painting of his, entitled ‘Killing Me Softly,’ for $30,000.
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