Pete Rey’s latest collection 'Atmosphere' is an artistic exploration of the many spheres between the earth’s surface and the void of space. The body of work transmits a mixture of serene and powerful movements, combined with a stunning iridescence of colours found across the expanse above us. It is Rey’s third art collection, following his first ‘Dimensions’ and second ‘Paradiso’.
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.
Using source images from NASA as inspiration for each piece in the collection, captured from both space and aerial viewpoints, ‘Atmosphere’ stands as a celebration of the life’s work of Gordon Miller Bourne Dobson CBE FRS, the great grandfather of the artist. Dobson’s work on the atmosphere was instrumental in the discovery of the hole in the Ozone layer and propelled a much greater understanding of the entity as a whole, for which he was awarded a CBE from the Queen and a Fellowship from Merton College, Oxford.
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 inspirational original source images 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.
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.
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