Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Frederic Rees (1895 –1988) was an Australian landscape painter.
Most of Rees's works are preoccupied with depicting the effects of light and emphasis is placed on the harmony between man and nature. Rees's oeuvre is dominated by sketches and paintings, in which the most frequent subject is the built environment in the landscape.
Lloyd Rees (left) with architect Richard Le Plastrier (right)
From the 1940s until the 1960s Rees was part of the Northwood group, a small group of friends who would go on painting excursions around Sydney Harbor and northwestern Sydney. 
These artists had no manifesto but were conservative, tending towards a neo-impressionist sinuous style of landscape painting. They were less fashionable than the Sydney abstract expressionism of the time or Melbourne postwar voices of disquiet.
Rees was engaged to sculptor Daphne Mayo, but it was broken off in 1925. He married Dulcie Metcalf in 1926. In 1927 Dulcie died in childbirth and Rees married again, in 1931, to Marjory Pollard, mother to his son Alan. Rees' wife died on 14 April 1988 and he died on 2 December of the same year.

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