James Reka – Floriana
April 18, 2024
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James Reka’s latest show, Floriana, opens at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne this week. The Australian artist returns to his hometown for the first time in six years for this body of work, completed partly at his studio in Malta, and in residence at the gallery. As part of the original Everfresh Crew, Reka initially made his…
A Mural by Reka in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
November 16, 2022
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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 figurative work has come to represent the beginnings of a new style of street art: clean, unique and not…
“Natura Morta” by REKA in Bari, Italy
November 4, 2021
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Australian artist James Reka aka “REKA” & “Reka One” has recently finished a mural entitled “Natura Morta” / Still Life in San Paolo quarter of Bari, Italy. ‘Natura Morta’ is an abstract representation of a bowl of sliced fruit and floral elements. The 5-storey mural was invited to take part part of a larger mural project…
Forbidden Fruit – James Reka
October 2, 2021
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Reka’s latest body of work peels back the layers of what it is to be human, questioning the viewer’s moral fibre and substance, teasing at notions of desire and sexuality. The Malta-based, Australian artist penned the following statement as a written exploration to accompany his finest work to-date, digging deep to ask himself, and more…
Backwoods Gallery First Annual Fundraiser
May 23, 2019
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Backwoods Gallery is an independently run commercial gallery that began as an Artist Run Initiative in 2010. From humble beginnings as a platform for its artist owners to exhibit artwork of their own, Backwoods has grown to become world recognised, working with the likes of MONA and The Japan Foundation. As a small commercial gallery,…
“Mother and Daughter” by Reka in Brøndby Strand, Denmark
August 23, 2018
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Reka just wrapped up a super large 40 meters long mural somewhere on the streets of Brøndby Strand in lovely Denmark. This piece entitled “Mother and Daughter” is a community based theme, which was inspired by the walls location in a Housing Commission block on the outside of Copenhagen. Meeting the locals and seeing the…
Reka – “SCARLET”
March 21, 2018
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Australian contemporary artist Reka returns to his hometown of Melbourne to present ‘SCARLET’, his first new solo show in 4 years. A brooding mix of Berlin nightlife, Japanese Shibari rope bondage and post-cubist figurative studies, this is one of his most mature exhibitions to date. Influenced by his graffiti background and techniques, as well as…
“The Union Jack” by REKA in London
December 29, 2016
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Our friend James Reka just sent us some images from his latest artwork which was just completed on the streets of Shoreditch in East London. Entitled “The Union Jack”, the Australian artist painted a British themed wall showing fragments and elements of the aftermath of Brexit. Reka has been painting that same wall over and over…
“Fauna & Flora” by REKA in Jacksonville
December 12, 2016
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Our friend REKA just sent us some sweet images from his latest piece “Fauna & Flora” which was recently finished somewhere on the streets of Jacksonville in Florida for the Art Republic Street Art Event. Flora & Fauna is a Florida themed wall where the Australian street artist took inspiration from the surrounding area of…
“Primavera” by REKA in Buenos Aires
October 8, 2016
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Mister James Reka has reached the sunny shores of South America where he was invited to take place in the Color Ba urban art event which took place on the streets of Buenos Aires. After a few days of work, the Australian artist created a great piece of work entitled “Primavera” which translates to Spaing…