Tracing back the history of art there has been an emergence of abstract forms of expression from an original purpose of recreating realism. In its infancy, art held
a strong regard for its abilityto represent life accurately in terms of form from the artist’s perspective, influenced bythe development of a better anatomical and scientific understanding of ourselves andthe natural world, driven by the wondrous minds of those suchas Leonardo da Vinci. This period defined the rules of how art could and should represent the world around us. Then the game changed. Artists began to break and bend the rules, forming an entirelynew world for the artist and their patrons. As years progressed the movements of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubisimand Surrealism, pushed experimentation and abstract expression further with each turn, before Abstract Impressionism delivered the ultimate distanced and unique perspectives of art.
The invention and evolution of photography has in many ways followed the progression of art. Initially starting as a mechanism of recorded realism, it has mirrored art’s path to express brand new perspectives of our world and become an art-formin its own right. This movement began in-camera but then progressed exponentially with the advancement of computers and software applications to bring a whole new world of creativity. Cited as one of the original pioneers of this changing movement, Ansel Adams was one of the first to explore photo manipulation back in 1920, which means that the movement has been going on for no less than a hundred years. Reflecting on the progressive movement within the art world, it perhaps comesas no surprise that it’s abstract movement gained increased momentum when photography arrived on the creative scene, capturing realism better than previous forms of artistic representation and effectively replaced forms of its entity with better delivery. But what becomes of the photography industry now? Will it progress into the deeper depths of abstraction as art has?
Following the progressionof abstract photography impressionism one artist stands out in the current fold, PeteRey; an emerging artist who has transcended the boundaries of the traditional form of photography. Transforming original photographs into an alternative art-form, with a creative sentiment linked tothe elated states of meditation, taking the form of a photographic image into dimensions beyond our own. Terming this process ‘Phototrancendence’, Rey suggests to explore this new realm ina unique expression of digital painting, inspired by the work of Dr Joe Dispenza and his teachings of the Quantum and the Unified Field. Presented as large format metallic photographic prints of up to 3 metres in width, his body of work presents breathtakingwall sized images, with gorgeous colour palettes and a serene flow of movement.
Rey explains that Dr Joe Dispenza enlightens the thought that the world as we know it has for some time been understood by three dimensions, bound within the linear story of time. Measurements of length, width and depth pinpoint objects placed in our physical universe, which give them an interactive presence. In recent years however, there has been significant developmentin the area of quantum physics leading to irrevocable evidenceof a dimension beyond human perception, known by some asthe Unified Field or more simply the Quantum. Through this dimension it has been shown that matter can transform and flow as energy, with all Newtonian laws dissipated in an unknown realm and alternative state of being. Whilst still somewhat not fully understood, it has been termed by some as
pure consciousness, without a state of time or a physical nature. As a place not defined by inherent form, both objects and emotions share the same void with endless possibilities and dynamics.
Through the body of work ‘Dimensions’, Rey takes us on a journey to blur the lines between the known and unknown, creating unique artworks to represent the transcendence of energy flows into the Quantum and beyond. Deeply inspired by the work of Dr Joe Dispenza in the field, Rey takes original captured photographs and transforms the subjects through various digital painting techniques and artistic effects, to produce breathtaking pieces of large format art. Upscaling their size to mesmerising wall sized printsof up to three metres across and working in a true 16 bit colour palette (65,536 tones) to produce stunning image gradations, Rey brings to us an entirely unique and original style of art creation, bringing new perspectives to the world around us in a series of limited edition prints.