Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.
With his 9-storey mural painting in Montreal in 2013, Reka has joined the horde of large-scale muralists traversing the globe. His work is not only visible in France but also in Japan, Italy, the United States and Australia.
For his first solo exhibition at the Mathgoth Gallery, Reka invites his public to dive into a “Mirage”. Swaying, almost aquatic and often very feminine creatures started to appear in his work in 2003 and are now presented on 9 large format paintings. However, instead of being his principal characters, they have become one element in a set of abstract landscapes. In addition to several canvases, he is also working with used aerosols among other common objects.
“This exhibition is like a mood board exploring the theme of the mirage; our vision being misleading. In a mirage appears what you desire to see. My style is more straightforward now, it has become rather abstract over the years. I am more focusing on the whole harmony rather than the content, on the link between every individual line and every shape.” Reka
Reka’s art work has been inspired by 2 movements; Cubism getting the upper hand over Surrealism, which revealed the mirage as a curve towards abstraction. He puts extra care into executing his figures with specific aesthetics, vivid coloured flat tints, burr-less painted turns, lines and curves. Straightforward, his compositions made of pop hints are flirting with geometry. No matter from what corner you will be looking at Rekas’ paintings, their moving perspectives invite to reflection and optical illusion, through games of colours, straight lines and volumes.
Mirage opens at MathGoth gallery 34, rue Hélène Brion – 75013 Paris – France at 4pm on Saturday 30 April, running to 21 May 2016 From Wednesday to Saturday – 2pm-7pm