Lloyd Rees lithographs exhibition
The exhibition at Byron Bay's Lone Goat Gallery opening the 18th of November, shows 30 lithographs rich in grandeur and drama by renowned Australian artist Lloyd Rees all printed by Master Lithographer Fred Genis over a period of nine years during the 80's. Artist Lloyd Rees (17 March 1895 - 2 December 1988) has a long established reputation as one of the great explorers and poets of the Australian landscape.
His works are preoccupied with depicting the effects of light and emphasis is placed on the harmony between man and nature. Rees painted right up to his passing, by which time he was in his nineties. He claimed that one of the benefits of his failing eyesight in his old age was that he could look directly at the sun. Fred Genis had worked as a partner in the Hollanders Workshop in New York in the late 60's, early 70's.
He worked with Robert Rauschenberg, Willem De Kooning, Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers and James Rosenquist to name a few. A collection of these artists lithographs, plus works from Europe was held at the National Gallery of Victoria titled the 'Artist's and the Printer' in 1982.
Fred Genis lithographer from Holland, immigrated to Australia with his family and set up his complete two press workshop in Sydney in 1979.
He started printing editions with John Olsen and Tim Storrier and continued to work with many more renowned Australian artist, including Bret Whitely and Lloyd Rees over a period of 30 years until his retirement. Lithography requires a unique personal collaboration between artist and printer. Fred Genis describes his part in this highly technical process as being 'like water' - quiescent, fluid, unformed, but able at any instant to show, suggest, assist or even withhold'.
Lloyd Rees came to lithography late in his career, well in his 80's. These prints in this upcoming exhibition show an intimate collaboration between artist and printer.
Lloyd very much enjoyed the medium and the relationship with Fred. These became one of his last projects before his passing at the age 93.
Lloyd loved nature, the last addition of prints with the support of Bob Brown, became a donation for the Wilderness Society, funding the Franklin River dam protest in Tasmania.
The subjects are those that have involved Rees throughout his long career.
The beaches and landscapes of the south coast of NSW, Sydney Harbour, the country around Bathurst and the O' Connel ranges, Mt Wellington in Tasmania.
These, and more general themes such as the massive eroded rock cliffs, monumental boulders and rocks, and the swift mystical changes of light and atmosphere that reflect the inner spirit of Rees' drawings.
The limited edition lithographs will be for sale for a period of three weeks from the 18th of November till the 6th December at the Lone Goat Gallery next to the Byron Bay Library.
The gallery will be open from 10 am till 4 pm seven days a week.