Press Releases 2014-2015

Graduate Fine Artist to Exhibit Theatre-Inspired Work

21.05.2015

Paul ReesA First-Class Honours graduate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Swansea has opened a new exhibition of his work in the city.

Paul Rees, from Neath, graduated from UWTSD in 2008 with a First-Class Honours degree in fine art. His work combines his love of art and acting, with paintings which are inspired by life in the theatre. Paul has enjoyed many successful exhibitions throughout Wales.

Called ‘Realms of Colour and Shadow’, it is a joint exhibition with landscape artist Chris Griffin. It is on show at the Attic Gallery in Swansea until Saturday 6th June and entry is free of charge.

The body of work on display by Paul Rees depicts the world backstage in a theatre in a South Wales town. His inspiration was Neath Little Theatre where he has worked as a stage manager, a set designer and an actor.

Paul said: “As an artist, the output of my work is primarily oil painting, although I also make short films and use digital photography as my material sources.

“The theme of most of my work to-date has been based on performance, especially that of the theatre. My paintings generally depict actors preparing for a theatrical performance - applying makeup and getting into costume in the dressing room, or waiting in the wings moments before stepping onto stage. This, usually hidden, backstage environment is a shadowy, private world inhabited by stage crew and performers, quietly working behind the scenes amongst the scenery flats, lighting, props and general clutter backstage.”

Paul has pursued a career in art since 2005 when he finished in his profession as a primary school teacher to study fine art at UWTSD in Swansea. As well as securing a First-Class Honours degree, he was awarded the title of 2008 Best Graduating Artist at the Mission Gallery Awards and has been an exhibition finalist in high profile competitions such as the Glamorgan Art Purchase Prize, North of the Wall Prize, and the Network Rail Partnership Awards.

For more information about Paul Rees visit www.paulressart.co.uk.

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Steven Stokes
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