Flora & Fauna

Flora + Fauna – A Florida themed mural I was commissioned to paint, late last year in Jacksonville, USA. During my stay in Jacksonville I was surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean that helped inspired this piece.
I am very happy to have finished the largest wall I have ever painted! Big thanks to Art Republic for the support.
The mural, located in the city centre, took 3 weeks with an assistant to complete. 4 days to sketch up the design on a 9 storey wall x 100m (at least!) Here are some shots of the progression of the weeks.
What a Beast!













Primavera – Buenos Aires

Last September I was very fortunate to be invited to Buenos Aires, Argentina for COLOR BA – Mural Festival.  I stayed in the Barrio of La Boca (The Mouth) and port of Buenos Aires – I painted a Spring themed mural dude to the blossoming of the surrounding areas and flowers in the area. Spring has arrived! – ‘Primavera’







Mother and Daughter – Мати і дочка

My two 9 storey walls I painted during my 2 week stay in Kiev were influenced by Kiev’s unique architecture and especially the Large monument “Mother of Motherland”(Батьківщина-Мати)

The 2 murals connect together as a diptych to depict A mother’s love for her Daughter. This theme has been explored through elements of female forms in motion, almost flowing like the river. The action of passing down knowledge to the next generation of Kiev…
Big thanks to the great team at ‪Art United Us‬ for the support and this amazing experience. Kiev is magical!






Home. 214 Lafayette Project

Late last year, I was invited to paint a famous doorway of a famous Building located on the busy street of Lafayette, Manhattan NY.
October marked the occasion that New York was one of the only cities in USA, at that time, that was accepting Refugees. I decided to paint an Immigration themed wall that subtly touched on this issue that is still very current today. The mural is titled HOME. I hope since then USA has opened its doors up further. We shall see…



M i R A G E

Thanks to all the lovely Parisian friends and family who came to support the opening of MIRAGE which opened to the public April 30th – May 21st at GALERIE MATHGOTH in Paris, France.

The Opening was a great night and great response to my new work. Always a welcomed moment to get some feedback on my new body of work. Below is some information on my recent debut Paris solo-exhibition >

“Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in year 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. He produced that very same summer a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.

With his 9-floor mural painting made in Montreal in year 2013, Reka has joined the horde of muralists invited all over the world. His work is not only visible in France but also in Japan, Italy, in the United States and Australia.

For his very first solo exhibition at the Mathgoth Gallery, Reka offers his public to dive into a “Mirage”. Swaying, almost aquatic and often very feminine creatures started to appear in his work in year 2003 and are now presented on 9 large format paintings. However, instead of being his principal characters, they have become one element in a set of abstract landscapes. In addition to several canvas, the artist is also working with used aerosols among other common objects. Dixit Reka: “This exhibition is like a mood board exploring the theme of the mirage; our vision being misleading. In a mirage appears what you desire to see.”

Merging classic and folk backgrounds, the artist likes to break boundaries between forms and contours. On a wall or a canvas, the characters and objects nest one with another by the game of astonishing straight twists, becoming almost necessary to ogle in order to see what is hidden there.

“My style” he said “is more straightforward now, it has become rather abstract over the years. I am more focusing on the whole harmony rather than the content, on the link between every individual line and every shape.”

Reka’s art work has been inspired by 2 movements; Cubism getting the upper hand over Surrealism, which revealed the mirage as a curve towards abstraction.

The artist puts an extra care in executing his figures with specific aesthetics, vivid colored flat tints, burless painted turns, lines and curves. Straightforward, his compositions made of pop hints are flirting with geometry. No matter from what corner you will be looking at Rekas’ paintings, their moving perspectives invite to reflection and optical illusion, through games of colors, straight lines and volumes.”

– Galerie Mathgoth, May 2016










For available artwork enquiries from this MIRAGE exhibition.
Please contact – galerie@mathgoth.com for a pdf Catalogue to be sent.