Lloyd Rees Art Exhibition
April 8, 2011 § 3 Comments
Currently the Queensland Art Gallery is showing the Lloyd Rees “Life and Light” exhibition. If you have the opportunity to visit the gallery, it will be open until the 13th of June, 2011. The following pen and ink drawing is of St Brigid’s Church located about ten minutes from Novel Lines Bookshop in Paddington Brisbane.
Lloyd Rees | Exterior, St. Brigid’s Church, Red Hill 1916 | Pen and ink and watercolour wash over pencil on wove paper | Gift of John Brackenreg 1965 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Queensland Art Gallery
For those interested in reading about Lloyd Rees, Novel Lines has many books containing information on him and other prominent Australian artists. I had a customer in yesterday and as we were speaking of the exhibition she said seeing the last of his work was terribly sad for his sight had gone by the end of his career.
The following text has been copied from the QAG website:
Brisbane-born painter and draftsman Lloyd Rees (1895– 1988) is one of Australia’s most recognised and awarded landscape painters. He twice received the Wynne Prize (in 1950 and 1982) for his work, which often focused on the effects of light in its varying forms. Moving from Brisbane to Sydney in 1917, Rees also made several visits to Europe, where he took influence from Turner’s works and created a series of oils en plain air that showed his growing preoccupation with the properties of light. Later in his career, Rees increasingly explored the spiritual element of landscapes, encompassed in what he described as his ‘visionary’ works, such as the Jack Manton Prize-winning The sunlit tower 1986. The exhibition will survey the varied subject matter which inspired his work, including architecture, interiors, landscapes, figures and self portraits.
‘Lloyd Rees: Life and Light’ Exhibition is now showing at the Queensland Art Gallery until the 13th of June 2011.
Life and Light will explore the Gallery’s holdings of this significant artist’s work. It will include a number of early drawings made in Brisbane in the first decades of the twentieth century, selected from works generously gifted by Alan and Jan Rees, the son and daughter-in-law of the artist. Honouring the important connection Lloyd Rees had with Queensland, especially in his early development as a draftsman and artist, the exhibition will explore the range of his artistic achievements throughout his long career.