James Reka is a young contemporary Australian artist based in Berlin, Germany. His origins lie in the alleyways and train lines of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs where he spent over a decade refining his now-emblematic aesthetic.
His character work has come to represent the beginnings of a new style of street art: clean, unique and not necessarily on the street (much to his mother’s joy).
Surrealist, abstracted creatures emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, dynamic movement and bold colors.
Theses 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.
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photo: Courtesy of the artist