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Summer’s catastrophic bushfire start inspires ‘Red Australia’ art

USING his aerosol paint cans and airbrushes, artist Reiad Serafi-Najjar has created a series of works inspired by the people and animals impacted by Australia’s ongoing bushfire disasters. Works from his Red Australia exhibition can been seen on show at the Bankstown Arts Centre this month.

A NEW exhibition responding to this summer’s catastrophic bushfires, is open at the Incubate Gallery at the Bankstown Arts Centre through until the end of February.
‘Red Australia’ features paintings by artist Reiad Serafi-Najjar who uses aerosol cans and an airbrush to create realistic murals.
Constantly in search of inspiration to make his artwork “relevant, unique and inspiring to the outside world”, he says the tragic bushfire crisis facing Australia which has had such a detrimental impact on the landscape, led him to create the series of works on display.
“Being a humanitarian, I try to stay up to speed with what is happening around the world and use my art to raise awareness about issues to advocate change,” he said.
“I aim to illustrate crucial events which occurred during the Australian bushfire season to show the strength of the people and animals in battling extreme conditions by standing strong in the face of adversity.
“I hope to illustrate emotion, strength and optimism to the viewer with each artwork that is on display at the ‘Red Australia’ exhibition.”
He is also raising funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) through the sale of limited edition signed prints via reiadsartwork.bigcartel.com until March 31.
For more information, visit instagram.com/reiads.artwork.