Timothy Rees

Website
www.reesfineart.com
Medium
Academic Drawing Oil

Timothy Rees believes in drawing as the root of strong painting, and is proficient in many mediums, from charcoal to ballpoint pen. “Drawing teaches us most of what we need to know about painting: the shapes, values, edges, and composition- everything except color and paint application.” With this in mind he developed a method of charcoal drawing quick sketches that allows him to go beyond gestures and tackle all of these drawing issues, prompting many to say his drawings look like beautiful monochromatic paintings.

He puts higher stress on compositional beauty rather than hidden symbolism, and prefers to allow the design, color, and edgework to tell the story of his paintings, from simple vignettes or still lifes to the energetic glimpses of his plein air landscapes. Technique is paramount to reproducing an idea, and with that comes a thoughtful, logical approach to executing a painting. “Just because a painting looks energetic or done with ease does not mean it should be done haphazardly. I think a lot about each brushstroke and try to encourage students to do the same. It’s easier to take your time and get it right than spend the entire time fixing mistakes made in the first 30 minutes. Speed comes with experience.”


Timothy Rees, originally from Arizona, moved to Chicago to study at the Palette and Chisel Academy. After just a year and a half he joined the staff of instructors and began teaching drawing and painting classes. He soon began teaching figurative and landscape painting workshops, including a week long intensive in the south of France at the age of 26. He has won several awards, including the Palette and Chisel’s People’s Choice award at the annual Gold Medal Exhibition, and has been in several publications, including features in American Art Collector Magazine.