When you see a tiger standing on a New York City street corner, it stands out. Of course, that's the point. What better way to force audiences to reassess nature and everything it entails than to thrust a wild animal out of its comfort zone, into an urban environment, and into a crowd astonished onlookers?
At Joel Rea's latest exhibition, Outsider, attendees will share the same experience depicted in the Australian artist's painting, witnessing the natural world in a different light. In surreal works, horses weather the surf, skeletons and towering waves combine, and Mick Fanning pops up. We said it was surreal.
Displaying at Mitchell Fine Art from September 27 to October 21, the showcase marks the Gold Coast-based Rea's first in Brisbane in five years. The official opening night takes place on October 6, with Rea in attendance — and he'll be on hand at 2pm on October 7 for an artist talk as well.
Image: Crossroads, Joel Rea.