Project Description

Robert Kerswell

Over the years REK has explored a wide range of styles including 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. His own unique fusion style emerged with its central theme firmly rooted in the natural world.

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 work has appeared on channel 10’s Healthy Homes Australia and his are in countless collections throughout the country.

REK is a finalist in the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular 2019