L i n d a R e e s
For me, the excitement of working with watercolour lies in its immediacy and a lack of full control. I have spent many hours applying colour freely and loosely, watching the bleeding and watermarks emerge. Many of these works were experiments to loosen up before starting a new painting. Sometimes my work reflects the spontaneity of these exercises. It’s always a journey to enjoy.
Linda Rees relocated from Bristol to Swansea, Wales, in 1947. Upon leaving school, she attended Swansea College of Art from 1957 to 1960 and was subsequently employed, for five years, as the advertising artist for a large department store. After emigrating to Newcastle, Australia, in 1966, she continued working in advertising until the mid-1970s, when she retired for family reasons and began watercolour painting. Having undertaken no formal tuition, she taught herself about the medium through technical exploration. However, she later attended workshops organised by the Newcastle Society of Artists, where she was tutored by Desiderius Orban and Reinis Zusters, among other Australian Artists. She also received valuable critiques of her work from Peter Sparks.
Rees won her first substantial art prize in 1979, receiving the major painting award at the Raymond Terrace Art Show. In 1980, she moved from Newcastle to Tokyo, Japan. Towards the end of her fourth year there, she held a solo exhibition of watercolour paintings at the Genkan Gallery, Tokyo. Following her return to Australia in 1984, her work retained Japanese influences reflecting her love of Japanese textiles, ceramics and calligraphy.
She has had several solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions both in Australia and abroad. Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections both nationally and internationally, including the University of Newcastle.
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1980, Linda Rees lives and works in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales.