The most powerful tool each of us has is our imagination – we can create alternate realities, bend the laws that govern the world we live in or dream up fantastical beings that have never been pondered by another... and we can do it all in our mind. That sentiment could not hold truer than with respect to the arts. An artist, with an imagination at their disposal, can create anything… and further, a capable artist can share their imagination in ways others cannot – visually. The genre of Imaginative Realism, to put it simply, is the art of the unseen – things that never existed or might exist in a distant future.
Rehs Contemporary’s upcoming exhibition, Imagine, aims to highlight that ingenuity of the artist’s mind. Opening Saturday, April 28th, from 1-6PM at their 57th street gallery, works by Ani Art Academy students, alumni and instructors will be on display alongside a contingent of contemporary icons working in Imaginative Realism. Rehs teamed up with Pat Wilshire, founder of Illuxcon (the world’s largest annual showcase of Contemporary Imaginative Realism) to bring together an influential group regarded as some of the finest artists working in the genre. Among the featured icons are Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Donato Giancola, David Palumbo, Tenaya Sims, Michael C. Hayes and Eric Velhagen… Works by Anthony Waichulis, Timothy Jahn, Edward Dillon, Kevin Moore and a juried selection from the Ani Art Academies will be featured as well. This exhibition will give viewers an opportunity to see the heights that Imaginative Realism can be taken to, while also providing a chance to see up-and-coming artists who are exploring the field – the future of Imaginative Realism.
Imagine will remain on display through May 18th, 2018. All works can be viewed on our website starting April 28th, the day of the opening.