REK (Aka Robert Kerswell) Began as a Brisbane urban landscape artist with his first solo exhibition in 2008. Since then his portfolio has diversified and explored a range of styles including figurative, abstract paintings influenced by Australian and international greats such at Jeffrey Smart and Picasso.
In 2015 wildlife and nature became REK’s primary focus and this has seen the emergence of his own unique style.
It's safe to say his work sits neatly on the axis between realism and abstraction with aesthetic and Beauty paramount in each composition. An avid admirer of photo realism, but his own natural style much looser and flamboyant, He sought a harmony between the two. His signature bold gestural markings embrace the abandon of wild nature, ruffled feathers and confident brushstrokes create vivid movement in the work and this is Harmoniously blended with Intricately detailed focal points in the eyes and faces of his subject, inviting us to connect with the personality of a powerful yet fragile living creature.
As Structured Lifelike details give way to loose brushstrokes or untethered watery trails, the hidden depth of his multilayered technique is revealed, carefully selected patterned fabrics, gel washes or raw canvas are unearthed until the subject once sharp and alive, is now all but vanished – a case of art imitating life
REK has exhibited consistently in Brisbane and the Gold Coast since 2008. He has always used his work to support and raise awareness for various charities, he has donated Dozens of paintings over the years 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.