Ethereal and Euphoric Paintings of Floating People (and Dogs)

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It’s likely you’re first day back in the office after a nice holiday break, which means you’re fresh-faced and eager to tackle a new year — or, like me, really tired and a bit dazed, feeling as if you’ve taken sick days for a week and a half and have missed out on everything, even though somehow everyone you work with seems like they know exactly what they should be doing today. That’s why artist Joel Rea’s paintings are particularly resonating this morning. As he tells Faith is Torment, “As well as striving to produce aesthetically beautiful images, I try to manipulate the kaleidoscope where one person views the image as negative and dark and another person sees it as positive and uplifting.” I’m definitely in the former camp, although maybe I’ll have some coffee and find myself in the latter.

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea

Photo credit: Joel Rea