Surrealist oil painter Joel Rea from Queensland, Australia is anything but your average painter. The moment I saw one of his paintings, I had to see more!
Full of metaphors surrounding humans’ emotions, feelings and real-life experiences, his paintings go deep into our minds and the virtual chains that torment us on daily basis. Many of the paintings include Joel himself. Whether he’s up in the clouds flying, or on the beach about to be trampled by a massive wave, many of paintings seem to emit a precise and concise message to the viewer; that message being that life is too short to not do what you like, and to wake up and smell the coffee!
Other paintings of his seem to be left to interpretation. While one person may see a dark and depressing message, someone else may see a positive and uplifting message. Whatever message you see, one thing is for sure, his Joel Rea’s art is phenomenally mind-blowing!