Michael Rees
Michael Rees - Love and Memory
18th October to 22nd November 2014

 

Michael Rees - Love and Memory Self-taught artist Michael Rees has lived and worked in Cornwall for the past thirty years. His atmospheric and psychologically provocative images of nameless figures in nondescript landscapes are brooding and bleak, yet at the same time suggestive of a darkly subversive wit.
Created using a gritty mix of oil paint and substances such as wax and clay grog, these richly textured bas-relief works on wood, card and board have much in common with the primitive and natraditions of Art Brut. In their simplicity of form and the childlike nature of their compositions, the power in these paintings - which the artist tellingly describes as 'headscapes' - lies in their raw expression of both image and emotion.
Accompanying these works are a collection of Rees's assemblages. Constructed from detritus such as rusty nails, feathers, newspaper cuttings and bits of plastic, these wax figures and creatures in boxes are reminiscent of the rituals of Voodoo and reflect the anti-rationalism of Surrealism and Dada.
Influenced by the work of artists as diverse as Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon and Matisse and of writers such as Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney and Sylvia Plath, Rees's works are complex, stark and extraordinarily affecting.



Michael Rees


Birdman


90 x 90 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18365


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Michael Rees


Existentialist


122 x 92 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18362


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Michael Rees


Garden


20 x 25 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18364


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Michael Rees


Head Study


20 x 30 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18355


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Michael Rees


Howl


92 x 76 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18354


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Michael Rees


Moon


30 x 30 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18371


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Michael Rees


On our Way


76 x 76 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18368


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Michael Rees


P K Dreaming


20 x 20 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18356


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Michael Rees


Red Tree


30 x 30 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18370


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Michael Rees


Sleep Walking


20 x 20 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18367


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Michael Rees


Soliloquy


30 x 30 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18357


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Michael Rees


Summer Nocturne


50 x 60 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18375


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Michael Rees


The Artist


60 x 60 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18369


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Michael Rees


The Landowner


25 x 36 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18373


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Michael Rees


The Observer


30 x 40 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18353


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Michael Rees


The Path


40 x 40 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18358


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Michael Rees


The Red House


25 x 30 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18363


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Michael Rees


The Sculptor


36 x 25 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18372


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Michael Rees


Winter Nocturne


36 x 46 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18361


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Michael Rees


Visible Light


100 x 100 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18366


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Michael Rees


After Cake


25 x 30 cms

Oil

Ref. 18407


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Michael Rees


God’s Silence


80 x 80 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18400


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Michael Rees


As I Walked Out


61 x 60 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18401


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Michael Rees


Into the Light


11 x 15 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18402


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Michael Rees


Flux


20 x 25 cms

Oil on wood

Ref. 18403


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Michael Rees


Warmth of the Sun


19 x 24 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18404


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Michael Rees


Morning Light


40 x 40 cms

Oil on board

Ref. 18405


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Michael Rees


The Call


20 x 30 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18406


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Michael Rees


Nude


23 x 16 cms

Mixed media on paper

Ref. 18414


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Michael Rees


Afterthought


26 x 18 cms

Mixed media on paper

Ref. 18415


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Michael Rees


Nude II


21 x 16 cms

Mixed media on paper

Ref. 18416


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Michael Rees


Bird Man


19 x 15 cms

Mixed media on paper

Ref. 18417


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Michael Rees


Dance of Triumph


20 x 12 x 4 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18418


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Michael Rees


Treen Nude


17 x 15 x 4 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18419


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Michael Rees


Bla Bla Bla


16 x 10 x 4 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18420


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Michael Rees


Old Major


16 x 9 x 6 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18374


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Michael Rees


Warrior


25 x 6 x 5 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18421


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Michael Rees


Woe to the Vanquished


19 x 16 x 5 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18422


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Michael Rees


Homeward Bound


19 x 4 x 5 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18423


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Michael Rees


The Invisible Object


18 x 14 x 7 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18424


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Michael Rees


A Perfect Dream


10 x 16 x 5 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18425


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Michael Rees


The Clairvoyant


31 x 7 x 4 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18426


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Michael Rees


Belligerent by Nature


12 x 16 x 4 cms

Mixed media

Ref. 18427


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Michael Rees


King


30 x 25 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18460


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Michael Rees


Evening Light


20 x 25 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18461


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Michael Rees


Enclosures


15 x 15 cms

Oil on wood

Ref. 18462


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Michael Rees


Wayfarer


30 x 25 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 18463


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Michael Rees


Crow Dog


Ref. 18470


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Michael Rees


Aristocracy


Ref. 18471


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