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Michele Rea - September 2010

Built to Last


Michele Rea’s complex watercolor paintings capture cross sections of deteriorating, industrial structures. By finding beauty in decomposing and weathered objects and rendering them in an abstracted and beautiful way, her unique perspective forces the viewer to see these familiar structures in a new light. Vantage Point, Rea’s solo exhibit of watercolor paintings, will be featured at The Art League Gallery, September 9 – October 4, 2010.


Rea has always gravitated towards old historical buildings and structures, and loves the bold shapes, angles, and textures of this type of architecture. She composes her paintings through the camera lens and looks for interesting, abstracted compositions. “I’m searching for appealing angles, shapes, and textures that will create a provocative composition.” She wants to render each subject from a unique perspective – a viewpoint that’s thought provoking and maybe a little mysterious.


Her mentor Ted Betts at The Art League School taught her how to see abstractly and how to break a subject down into shapes and angles. Rea prefers working in watercolor – an unexpected medium for such a bold and gruff subject matter. “I like being able to slowly build up the layers of paint to achieve texture and a weathered look. It’s what this subject demands.”


In 2009, Rea was accepted into her first exhibit at the prestigious American Watercolor Society in New York. Rea is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York, and has since studied at The New School in New York and The Art League School in Alexandria, VA. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and the Northeast, and she has received numerous accolades for her work. 

Vantage Point: September 9 – October 4, 2010.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.




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