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Lloyd Rees: Life and Light

Lloyd Rees 'Exterior, St. Brigid’s Church, Red Hill' 1916

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

Lloyd Rees, Self portraits 1912-17

Lloyd Rees | Self portraits c.1912-17 | Pencil on paper | Gift of Alan and Jan Rees through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 1999 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Lloyd Rees, c.1912–17. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011

12 March – 13 June 2011 | Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery, QAG

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. ‘Lloyd Rees: 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. 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 plein 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.

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Talks & Tours
Gallery Members
Publication

Talks & Tours

Guided Tours
11.00am & 1.00pm (12 March – 15 April) | 1.00pm (16 April – 13 June)
Meet your volunteer guide at the Melbourne Street information desk.

Curator’s Talk
11.30am Thursday 24 March
Michael Hawker, Curatorial Assistant, Australian Art to 1975
Free. No bookings necessary. Meet at exhibition entrance.

Tour for hearing-impaired visitors
10.00am Friday 25 March
Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. As the number of devices is limited, bookings are essential. To book, call the Education Bookings Office on (07) 3840 7255 between 8.30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, or email educationbookings@qag.qld.gov.au.

Auslan-interpreted tour for Deaf visitors
3.00pm Sunday 27 March
Meet your volunteer guide at the Melbourne Street information desk.
No bookings required.


Gallery Members

Gallery Members enjoy a range of exclusive programs and benefits.

Exclusive Discounts
Gallery Members receive 20% off the new Gallery publication 'Lloyd Rees: Early Brisbane Drawings'. Discount available at the Gallery Store (QAG) and Gallery Store Modern (GoMA). Simply present your Gallery Members card at the counter to receive your discount.
RRP: $24.95 | Members price: $19.95

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See exhibitions and displays — enjoy a Saturday tour and talk, or a Thursday in-Gallery talk followed by a sit-down lunch.

Thursday monthly lunch and lecture
Thursday 14 April, 11.30am – 1.30pm, Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery (Gallery 14), QAG & Foyer Bistro, GoMA
‘Lloyd Rees: Life and Light’ talk by Michael Hawker, Curatorial Assistant, Australian Art to 1975
Bookings required | $35 Gallery Members | $45 Members’ guests (includes lunch and a glass of wine, followed by coffee and sweets) | Please call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by Friday 8 April or book online.

Saturday monthly tour and talk
Saturday 16 April, 1.00pm, Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery (Gallery 14), QAG
‘Lloyd Rees: Light and Life’ talk by Michael Hawker, Curatorial Assistant, Australian Art to 1975
No bookings required | Free

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Publication | Lloyd Rees: Early Brisbane Drawings

Lloyd Rees: Early Brisbane Drawings documents a number of significant early drawings he made in Brisbane in the first decades of the twentieth century. These are selected from works generously gifted by Alan and Jan Rees (the artist’s son and daughter-in-law), honouring the important connection that Lloyd Rees had with Queensland, especially in his early development as a draftsman and artist, with an A5 sketchbook format publication with more than 70 plate pages.

Order your copy today at www.australianartbooks.com.au. The exhibition publication is available to purchase from the Gallery Store.