Australian artist Robert Kerswell (Aka R.E.K.) – Wildlife Artist & Pet Portraitist
REK is a wildlife artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. His fusion style artwork focusses heavily on avian subjects and responds directly to the threat faced by wildlife through loss of habitat and human interference.
The beauty and intricate details found in the natural world and in particular native and exotic birdlife, are his key focus. Delicate natural elements are often married against patterned fabrics creating a unique interplay between the painted subject and printed backdrop.
REK Studied at the Brisbane Institute of Art and BPC Studio. He has exhibited consistently in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Melbourne since 2008.
His work has proliferated in recent years and has been sold to collectors from every corner of the country and overseas. His artwork has been commissioned for children’s books, appeared on Chanel 10’s Healthy Homes Australia and has been a finalist in notable art prizes including The Brisbane Rotary Art Prize 2019 and the Art Lovers Australia Art Prize in 2020. He is a member of the Queensland Wildlife Artist’s Wildlife Society and was the People’s choice recipient for the Societies’ 2018 exhibition.
REK has always used his work to support and raise awareness for various charities, donating Dozens of paintings over the years to raise funds for The Prince Charles Hospital ICU, The RBWH foundation, Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation.