Australian artist Robert Kerswell (Aka R.E.K.) – Wildlife Artist & Pet Portraitist
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REK (Robert Kerswell) – Began his career in 2006 selling artworks through a small retail store in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Over the years he has explored a wide range of styles including Brisbane urban landscapes, figurative and abstract paintings. He experimented with these vastly different styles drawing influence from Australian and international greats such at Jeffrey Smart and Picasso. Always an avid admirer of hyper realism, yet his natural modus much looser and flamboyant, he sought a harmony between the two and his own unique fusion style emerged with its central theme firmly rooted in the natural world.
As a Wildlife artist the current state of our delicate environment is at the core of every work. The subjects are dramatic and powerful, their intense eyes are highly detailed and filled with unique personality. The tempo of his work shifts quickly and seamlessly, realistic details give way to deconstructed gestural brushstrokes and untethered watery trails, eventually revealing the hidden depth of carefully selected patterned fabric underlays, until what was once sharp and alive is all but vanished – a case of art imitating life.
REK has exhibited consistently since his first solo showing in 2008. His art work has appeared on channel 10’s Healthy Homes Australia and his paintings have been sold to countless collectors from all corners of the country. He has always used his work to support and raise awareness for various charities. Dozens of paintings have been donated throughout his career to raise funds for The Prince Charles Hospital ICU, The RBWH foundation, Perry Cross Foundation and The Fig Tree children to name just a few.