Elysha Rei

Visual artist | Australia

Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between cultures and communities. Works in paper cutting, public art and murals are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic.

“I found my purpose as an artist is to preserve this part of my family’s heritage through the use of Japanese design aesthetics in my work, which provides a constant source of inspiration.”

Artworks

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Elysha Rei (1986) is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between cultures and communities. Works in paper cutting, public art and murals are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic.

As a grandchild of a Japanese War Bride, Rei’s affinity to Japanese culture stems from the need to preserve her maternal heritage and connect with her Samurai and Tea Master ancestry. Drawn to Japanese design principles and elements in nature, Rei’s works feature strong patterns and motifs that stem from research into records, scientific research and commemorating points in history. 

With a desire to continually challenge her practice, artist residencies and personal travel inform an important element to her continued creative development. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008, Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and managed cultural spaces across Australia, Japan, New Zealand Thailand and the US.

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Credentials

Exhibitions

2021

Undertow, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

2020

Furusato: Patterns from Pilgrimage, Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD, Australia

Sugaropolis, CQUniversity Wall, Mackay Art Space, QLD, Australia

2019

Nanakorobi Yaoki, Craft Vitrine Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018

Nanakorobi Yaoki, No. 12 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Nanakorobi Yaoki, Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan

2017

Crafted Contemplations, Museum of Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Onespace Onsite: REI + WERNER, joint exhibition with Benjamin Werner, Onespace Gallery, QLD, Australia

2016

The King’s Confidant, Ivory Street Gallery, Artisan, Brisbane QLD, Australia

2015

Drawing out the best in me, Use Space, Bangkok, Thailand

2013

Internal Reflections, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin NT

Repetition Suspicion, Gympie Regional Gallery, QLD Australia

2012

Past Portraiture: an exploration of ancestral affiliation, Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Australia

Construction of Life: a marriage of land and water, ArtBox Toowoomba, QLD Australia

Perverse Patterns, Dogwood Crossing, Miles QLD, Australia

Construction of Life: a marriage of land and water, Branch 3D, Sydney, Australia

2011

If you’re idle, find an idol – LACE, made. Creative Space Toowoomba, QLD Australia

Destruction Creation, made. Creative Space Toowoomba, QLD Australia

Folding Freedom, Attic Art Space Toowoomba, QLD Australia

Residencies

2020

Artspace Mackay QLD Australia 

2019
Barcaldine Arts Council QLD Australia
2018
Studio Kura Itoshima Japan 
2017
Museum of Brisbane Australia
2014
Sam Rit Residency Thailand 
 

Collections

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Westin Hotel, Brisbane
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Private collections: Australia, Thailand, Japan, Nigeria, Iraq
 

Awards

2020

AILA Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design – Winner in QLD for Milton Urban Common project featuring sandblasted pavement designs for Brisbane City Council

2013

Touring Exhibition

2012

Queensland Regional Art Awards Finalist – for Flying Arts

 

Publications

Vault Art Magazine Nov 2020 – Jan 2021
Art Guide Australia Dec 2019
Ruth Magazine Winter 2017
Ruth Magazine Autumn 2017

 

Education

Masters in Business Administration (2018), Bachelor of Visual Arts (2008)

 

Other professional activities

Workshop facilitator in paper cutting and professional arts development for clients in local government, galleries, museums and arts organizations