Movement is a key component of Rey’s work, giving tremendous energy and a beautiful flow through each artwork, enhancing the emotional connection with the viewer. For his creations, Rey takes original inspirational source images and transforms them into unique pieces of contemporary art through various digital painting techniques. It is a process he has termed ‘Phototranscendence’, which creates strokes much like those of a painters’ brush, whilst preserving the original colour palette.
Producing the collection in mesmerising scales of wall sized proportions and working in a true 16 bit colour palette (65,536 tones) to deliver stunning image gradations, Rey gives us an immersive and entirely original style of art creation, bringing with it new perspectives to the world around us in a series of limited edition artworks.
Rey’s creative journey began at a young age, initially signed to BritArt at the age of 21, selling abstract fine art photography prints. BritArt were famous for creating an iconic movement of contemporary art in the 1990s, representing some of todays most established artists and attracted the interest of industry leading figures, including Charles Saatchi. Rey then applied his creative talents to create an international production company, completing worldwide commissions, from which a love of travel and the world’s natural beauty in photography was born. Returning to the art scene with a wealth of production skills and digital imaging expertise, Rey brings with him a fresh look of abstract artistry to the fine art world.
Inspired by meditational practice where one can often see auras and movements of light, Rey takes original photographs and transforms these into entirely new works through digital painting techniques, producing breathtaking pieces of large format art. Throughout his work, Rey takes us on a journey, to blur the lines between known dimensions, creating unique artworks to represent the transcendence of energy flows into what is termed the ‘Quantum’ and beyond. Working as a digital artist but delivering his work as vast immersive prints, Rey breaks down the traditional separation between the digital and physical artist, using an array of digital processes to enhance his creative expression but ultimately produces works in awe inspiring, huge physical forms.
"Much in the same way Van Gogh's bold, dramatic brush strokes expressed a huge amount of emotion and movement in his works, Rey explores a similar sentiment in a modern contemporary presentation"
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Rey has always been fascinated by the science behind the known world, studying Human Sciences at University College London in his early twenties and also enjoying a talented grasp of technology. Applying his love of science, technology and creativity to the artistic process, he has developed a unique expression of art from a photographic starting point. It is perhaps no accident that his great grandfather’s most famous work and discoveries were founded upon the application of unique photographic processes.
Rey’s great grandfather Gordon Miller Bourne Dobson was an experimentalist of unusual ingenuity who devoted much of his life to the observation and study of atmospheric ozone. The results were to be of great importance in leading to an in depth understanding of the structure and circulation of the stratosphere, with the apparatus he created being instrumental in the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer. Dobson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1927, awarded their Rumford Medal in 1932 and delivered their Bakerian lecture in 1945. He won the Chree medal and prize in 1949. He served as president of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1947 to 1949 and was awarded their prestigious Symons Gold Medal for 1938. He was made a CBE in 1951.
Dobson inferred correctly that the cause of the warm stratosphere was heating by the absorption of ultraviolet solar radiation by ozone, and he set out to make measurements of the amounts and their variability. He decided to measure ozone by observing its absorption in the solar ultraviolet spectrum using photographic recordings. Invented in the 1920’s, Dobson’s ‘spectrophotometers’ continued to be developed until the 1950s. The apparatus essentially worked by comparing the intensities of a pair of ultraviolet wavelengths. One wavelength is partially absorbed by ozone and the other is unaffected. The ratio between them gives a measure of the amount of ozone in the atmosphere along the light’s path.
Rey’s latest collection ‘Atmosphere’ celebrates the ground breaking work of his great grandfather and with it attention towards important environmental movements to address man’s impact on global climate change. As an artist Rey is not only passionate about the connection of his work with its audience but also in how art has the power to reach an awareness of the world around us, beyond what words can achieve.