We live in a world in which everyone seems to be competing for attention. So many are shouting look at me, look at me! And it is often the shouters that get the attention, because well, our attention is more easily gained by a blow horn than by the soft whistle of a bird. These paintings by Mel Rea seem to revel in hushed strength.
Softly atmospheric with bright punches of color, Rea’s paintings remind me of those foggy early morning hours when the world is only just awakening.. The softness of the lifting darkness punctuated by the light of early risers, the occasional screech of brakes or blast of a horn jolting us from the stillness and into the rush of day.