Lloyd Rees: Life and Light
Lloyd Rees, Australia 1895–1988 | 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 | © Lloyd Rees 1916. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011
Lloyd Rees, Australia 1895–1988 | Interior, St Brigid's Church, Red Hill 1916 | Pen and ink and watercolour wash over pencil on wove handmade paper with watermark l.l.: ...EAT BRITAIN | Gift of John Brackenreg 1965 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Lloyd Rees 1916. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011
Brisbane-born painter and draftsman Lloyd Rees (1895–1988) is one of Australia’s most recognised and awarded landscape artists. 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.
The touring exhibition ‘Lloyd Rees: Life and Light’ explores the Gallery’s holdings of this significant artist’s work. It also includes 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 between Lloyd Rees and Queensland, especially regarding his early development as a draftsman and artist, the exhibition explores 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 was influenced by JMW Turner’s works, in particular, and created a series of oils en plein air (outdoors) that show his increasing preoccupation with the properties of light.
The exhibition surveys the varied subjects that inspired Lloyd Rees’s work, including architecture, interiors, landscapes, figures and self-portraits.
Download the Lloyd Rees: Life and Light room brochure.
An education resource is available for primary and secondary students to learn about and engage with Lloyd Rees’s artworks. The resource includes in-gallery questions, classroom activities and accompanying curriculum checklist.
Queensland tour venues and dates
TYTO Regional Art Gallery, Ingham
2 June - 22 July 2012
Gympie Regional Gallery
14 August - 30 September 2012
Rockhampton Art Gallery
5 October - 18 November 2012
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery, Miles
5 January - 17 February 2013
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
2 March - 14 April 2013
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery
27 April - 16 June 2013
Cairns Regional Gallery
28 June - 11 August 2013
Logan Art Gallery
21 August - 28 September 2013
26 October - 8 December 2013
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
14 December 2013 - 25 January 2014
Redcliffe City Art Gallery
8 February - 30 March 2014
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
5 April - 18 May 2014