I am an Australian painter working from my home studio in Brisbane. My day job sees me working in a Science centre dedicated to Australian Ecological research and nature conservation. I've always felt a compassion for animals and working here has only strengthen that and it has permeated into my art as well to become (in my opinion) my strongest and most independent body of work since i began professionally exhibiting and selling my work 10 years ago.

    • Artist Statement
      • Robert Kerswell (Aka REK) Began as a Brisbane urban landscape artist with his first solo exhibition in 2008. Since then Robert’s portfolio has diversified and explored a range of styles including figurative and abstract paintings influenced by Australian and international greats such at Jeffrey Smart and Picasso.
        Since 2015 wildlife and nature has been Robert’s chief focus and this has seen the emergence of his own unique style.
        Bird life dominates, Immediately these images are arresting and dramatic. Often they are highly contrasted with  black and white commanding the work.
        With his signature bold gestural style of confident markings, the abandon of wild animals is embraced through ruffled feathers, while intricately detailed eyes and faces invite us to connect with a powerful yet fragile living creature. It's safe to say Robert’s work sits neatly on the axis between realism and abstraction. An avid admirer of hyper realism, Robert chose not to be confined by the literalness of the style and instead found a harmony between the two.  Lifelike details give way to loose brushstrokes or untethered watery trails revealing a hidden depth of news print, patterned underlays or raw canvas until what was once sharp and alive, is now all but vanished – a case of art imitating life.
        Robert has exhibited consistently in Brisbane and the Gold Coast since 2008. He has always used his work to support and raise awareness for various charities, he has donated Dozens of paintings over the years to raise funds for The Prince Charles Hospital ICU, The RBWH foundation, Perry Cross Foundation and The Fig Tree children to name just a few.
    • Biography
      • 2018 - The Stables - Solo Exhibition
        2018 - RBWH Charity Exhibition - Solo exhibition
        2018 - RBWH Charity Exhibition - Group exhibition
        ?2015 - Live painting Exhibition - Vine
        2015 - Urban Bisbane - Pinto gallery - Solo Exhibition
        2014 - Urban Canvas Creative collective Grand opening - Group exhibition
        2014 - Live painting exhibition - Paddington Barracks
        2014 - IREK - Graydon Gallery - collaboration with Irene Vides
        2012 - Art Gasworks Grand opening - Group Exhibition
        2012 - C Gallery - Goup Exhibition
        2011 - "9.2.5" - Solo Exhibition, C Gallery
        2010 - C Gallery - Group Exhibition
        2008 - Brisbane Story - Solo Exhibition, Kylie Farelly Galleries Teneriffe
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    Painting / 120 x 90 cm
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    Cavallo Bianco
    Painting / 60 x 50 cm
  • white cockatoo 1  painting rek
    White Cockatoo 1
    Painting / 90 x 120 cm
  • african kudu painting rek
    African Kudu
    Painting / 90 x 120 cm
  • black cockatoo 2  painting rek
    Black Cockatoo 2
    Painting / 60 x 90 cm
  • black cockatoo 1 painting rek
    Black Cockatoo 1
    Painting / 60 x 90 cm