Black Lotus

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Black Lotus by Rob Rek - is an exquisite example of the photo realistic style with which the artist’s name has become synonymous.

This piece is set against a dramatically simplistic ultra white background focusing attention exclusively on the subject - An arrestingly lifelike human skull sporting a mohawk and lotus tattoo encircling it's ear. The artist's attention to detail is meticulous resulting in a perfect anatomical reproduction of the human skull.

The artists hyperrealist style captures the minute details of the subject in this larger the life scale painting.

The artwork is a modern adaptation of the ancient Dutch Vanitas style, which invites the viewer to consider their mortality and questions the significance of placing value on material possessions.


This artwork is framed in a custom made black float frame finished in matte paint.



Rob Rek's twelfth solo exhibition "Vanity" is a decadent collection of photorealistic synthetic polymer paintings - rich with painstaking detail, luxury, irony, and subversive subtext.

The collection was inspired by the centuries old Dutch Vanitas art movement. Vanitas paintings were intended to remind viewers of their own impending mortality. The artists of this movement dedicated themselves to communicating to the affluent that material possessions, wealth, and beauty - are as temporary as a butterfly.

Rek retains this powerful message with this exhibition - more relevant today then ever before.

Reversing the sombre tones commonly seen in the 1 6th century masterpieces, the artworks of Rek's Vanity are set against vibrant pure white.

The feature subject for each painting backlit and unapologetically featured.

Each piece is exquisitely detailed and impossibly lifelike. The art of breaking this realism by placing symbols into unlikely and often whimsical scenarios the only clue to their handmade origins.

The artist invites you to delve deeply into each painting. Hidden suggestions, and playful subtexts are permeated throughout Vanity, intended to intrigue, and beguile the viewer.