Dan Rees works across a variety of media including photography, performance art, painting, sculpture, and sound art, creating conceptual and process-driven works. He draws on a wide range of art historical and cultural references, utilising nostalgic materials such as plasticine and Artex to create paintings which are complex and thought-provoking. Rees is most famous for his series of Artex paintings, which he started in 2011 and rapidly gained international acclaim. Invented in the UK, Artex is a surface coating which was widely used in 1970s Britain to add texture to interior walls and ceilings. It is a material that adorns working class homes in the UK. It is part of the decoration of a certain social demographic, at the same time beautiful and gaudy. By repositioning the swirling patina of Artex into the context of painterly abstract pieces, Rees produces works which are texturally rich, yet aware of their own internal conflict. Within these paintings, distinctive shell-like patterns are combed through energetically coloured fields. These are works which are imbued with the dichotomy between aesthetics and class and are characteristic of Rees’ skill for combining the language of abstraction with cultural history.

 

Dan Rees (b. 1982) Lives and works in Berlin

Dan Rees works across a variety of media including photography, performance art, painting, sculpture, and sound art, creating conceptual and process-driven works. He draws on a wide range of art historical and cultural references, utilising nostalgic materials such as plasticine and Artex to create paintings which are complex and thought-provoking....
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