Michael Rees


The Waiting Room

oil on canvas

60 x 60cm



Summer Nocturne

oil on canvas

50 x 60cm

The Birdman

oil on canvas

90 x 90cm




The Red House

oil on canvas

25 x 30cm

The Call

oil on canvas

20 x 30cm



Michael Rees, born 1962, has been based in Cornwall for the past thirty years. Influenced by the work of artists such as Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon and Giacometti, his paintings on coursely textured canvas and board carry a rich expression of atmosphere and emotion.


2011 Mini Retrospective, Market House Gallery, St Ives
2008 Michael Rees, Austin/ Desmond Fine Art, London

2007 Naked Earth, Goldfish Contemporary Fine Art, Penzance

2006 Oliver Contemporary, London

2005 Trace Elements, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London

2004 Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall

2002 Market House Gallery, Marazion
2000 The Excavated Image, Austin/ Desmond Fine Art, London
1997 Paintings, Sculptures and Prints, Austin/ Desmond Fine Art, London

1989 Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives



David Simon Contemporary, Bath (2016)
Goldfish Gallery, Penzance
Market House Gallery, Marazion
Stoneman Gallery, Penzance
Belgrave gallery, St Ives
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
Oliver Contemporary, London
and many more...


Anthony Petullo, Milwakee, USA
Pallant House, Chichester
The Falmouth Art Gallery Cornwall


Michael Rees, Paintings, Sculpture and Prints 1997
The Excavated Image 2000
The Excavated Image 2000 -
Hand-painted cover Hardback Limited Edition of 20
Trace Elements 2005
Naked Earth 2007
Move Catalogue 2007
Hugh Stoneman The Master's Master
Revolver Art Cornwall


"Michael Rees's work is not easy, he scrapes and scours until an image, perhaps of a head or a figure is at least exhumed from its surroundings, which are seldom unequivocally identified. Are they landscapes or walls or ancient excavated sites? Skulls float from such surfaces, maybe a ghostly dwelling or a tree, maybe a distant skyline. Nothing is too specific and the viewer is free to evoke a personal interpretation.

This is painting which has pleasures, memories, evocations which remain and intrigue long after the initial experience of seeing.


They cannot be easily described or defined.  Many have a silence within in which no bird sings.  Time is suspended, forms are in touch with the eternity of forever.


But Rees has the awareness of his contemporary situation, much of the work is concerned with 'modern man'.  They exist with slightly awkward limbs, on printed paper lists of no great significance and of no material value, in frames whose rigid shapes, they are often uncomfortable.

They are modern works of modern man, often agitated, slightly ill at ease.  The works are about the human condition, our place, our contemporary fears and joys, our very existence." 

John Maltby, Sculptor and Ceramicist

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