After completing monumental murals in his homeland in Australia, Berlin-based artist Reka is returning to the UK for a new solo show titled ‘Aus Berlin’ at That Art Gallery in Bristol opening on Thursday 18 May.
Surrealist, abstracted creatures emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, dynamic movement and bold colours. These figures haunt the laneways over three continents, clambering up brick walls and giving the urban environment a literal fresh coat of paint. Their personalities mirror those of their often-decrepit metropolitan context, opening a dialogue between the viewer and their surroundings.
With influences in pop culture, cartoons and illustration, Reka’s style has become known for its fusion of high and low art. This style emerged from his Pop-Art-influenced logo design background, featuring simple but striking lines and colour ways.
With a diligent, almost obsessive attention to detail, Reka has created a new body of work featuring his signature characters and lines on canvas as well as on found objects, often sourced walking the train lines at night or exploring abandoned warehouses.
His art sits somewhere between humorous and menacing, contrasting the two opposing feelings in a way that is unique to his vision. These pseudo-human forms are recognisable but isolating, playful yet eerie. This is Reka’s art: a paradox between sharp design and graffiti, held together with a fuse of passion and spray paint.
James Reka ‘Aus Berlin’
19th May – 10th June 201
17 Christmas Steps Bristol BS1 5BS
PV 18 May 6-9 PM email@example.com