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Lloyd Rees was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1895. Rees is recognised as one of the greatest interpreters of the Australian landscape. His paintings depict the light and mood of the land.
Rees was employed as a commercial artist in the early years of his career where he developed several techniques and styles in pencil drawing. His sketches of Sydney Harbour around the 1930s reinforced his status as one of the leading draftsman of his time. Rees developed his tonal techniques with painting in the 1930s and 1940s.
In the late 1950's, early 1960's, Rees travelled to Italy and Greece making sketches of architecture and the landscape. This journey then resulted in a series of oil paintings that represent architectural relics taken from different civilisations. Rees's depiction of domed buildings and stone walls are more of homage to the grandiose symbols of the past, rather than detailed architectural rendering. The impression that the artist gives is a poetic and meditative atmosphere that reflects his own communion with nature. There is a new found richness of technique to his paintings of the 1960's, in which a freedom of style is blended with a breadth of vision.
In the 1970's Rees shifted his style again to a more diffused and hazy representations of the first light of the day. These works highlight Rees's observations of atmospheric conditions; wind, air and light.
In the 1980s, his works became more transcendental, paler in hue and tone, where he was concerned more so with the initial sensation of the landscape rather than an overall impression. Rees usually preferred to depict the landscape barren of houses, boats or its inhabitants.
Savill Galleries has been exhibiting works by Lloyd Rees since inception in 1987. The gallery will consider the purchase of authentic Lloyd Rees paintings held in private or public collections.