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 boutique retail store in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Over the years he has explored a wide range of styles including urban landscapes, figurative and abstract paintings.
REK 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. 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 highly detailed and filled with unique personality. The tempo of his work shifts quickly and seamlessly as realistic details give way to deconstructed gestural brushstrokes and untethered watery trails. Eventually the hidden depth of carefully selected patterned fabric underlays is revealed and 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 every corner of the country. He has been a finalist in the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular.
REK has always used his work to support and raise awareness for many charities. Dozens of paintings have been donated throughout his career to raise funds for The Prince Charles Hospital ICU, RBWH foundation, Perry Cross Foundation and The Fig Tree children to name just a few