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.
Dreamy Hyperreal Depictions
More Stats +/-
Whimsical Apparel Artistry
Mesmerizing Mystical Illustrations
Vibrant Tribal Fantasy Visuals
Psychedelic Asian Art
Unsettling Painterly Scenes
Free 2019 Report & eBook
Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book.
Our Research Methodology
This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.