John Wayne Parr - Amid the Brutal

by Joel Rea

A portrait of

John Wayne Parr


Oil on canvas


43cm x 55cm

About the artist

Joel Rea is an artist working primarily with oils on canvas. Born in England, his family moved to the Gold Coast, when he was two years old. Rea's paintings combine features of several contemporary painting genres including photorealism, surrealism and hyper-realism and integrate philosophies of the sublime in which evoking aesthetics are lead by the virtue of technical painting. Rea's paintings have been exhibited in many countries world wide and have been hung in prestigious art awards throughout Australia, several of which he has won or been highly commended. Rea is a Queensland College of Art graduate, and subsequently worked as an artist in the Brisbane inner city arts community, contributing to an artists run gallery and building his painting practice.

About the sitter

John Wayne Parr is a 10-time World Champion Muay Thai kick boxer and will next fight Anthony Mundine in a traditional boxing bout November 2019. Parr began martial arts at the age of 6 in Brisbane whilst his mother and father were horse trainers at the Eagle Farm Racecourse. His childhood home in Hendra backed onto the the Racecourse, a young Parr worked alongside his parents assisting with the horses and stables whilst also attending Hendra State School and Hendra High School. Parr is currently an active martial artist and head trainer at his own world renowned Muay Thai kick boxing gym Boonchu on The Gold Coast, Queensland.

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Brisbane Portrait Prize, presented by Queensland Portrait Prize Ltd.

ACN 608 851 243

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