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An image of Ball's Head, Sydney Harbour by Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

Title
Ball's Head, Sydney Harbour
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1931
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil
Dimensions

20.3 x 25 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., "Lloyd Rees 1931"
Credit
Purchased 1931
Accession number
175
Copyright
© A&J Rees. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney.
Location
Not on display
Further information

Lloyd Rees valued drawing highly and it was an integral part of his oeuvre. Indeed, through the 1930s it was almost his exclusive focus. In 1931 he moved to McMahons Point, on the north shore of the Harbour, where he made many drawings of views towards Circular Quay, Balmain, Goat Island and Ball’s Head.

'The full measure of my highly detailed drawings of Sydney Harbour were done at McMahon’s Point. It was drawing purely for the sake of drawing, for by now, I was well out of the swim of the art world ….Drawing was simply an obsession and I was completely absorbed in the discovery of form and composition. The drawings were by no means naturalistic in the sense of simply selecting a subject and drawing it, for there were things brought in and things left out. They were highly worked and I had an intense interest in the manipulation of them. I drew in the morning and then took the work home and looked at it in the afternoon and if I saw anything superfluous, I rubbed it out.' Lloyd Rees 1985

Bibliography (11)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Lloyd Rees Retrospective, ‘List of works: drawings’, pp 11-16, Sydney, 1969, 33. cat.no. 123

Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Lloyd Rees), Sydney, 1942.

Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 8.

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Part III: Sydney: 1917-42’, pp 23-50, Melbourne, 1972, 41 (illus.), 42, 120. cat.no. D112

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pp 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 8.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'Introduction', pp 7-19, Sydney, 1995, 11, 16, 43 (illus.). cat.no. 41

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, ‘Celebrating Lloyd Rees: a book and show on the Gallery’s collection of his work’, pg. 21-23, Newtown, Mar 2013, 23.

Sydney Ure Smith, Art in Australia [series 3, no. 42], ‘Pencil drawings by Lloyd Rees’, Sydney, Feb 1932, 57. cat.no. 15

The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 94

Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 496 (illus.). 'Lloyd Rees special number'

Exhibition history (8)

Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1931), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 05 Sep 1931–02 Oct 1931

Lloyd Rees (1942), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Aug 1942–30 Aug 1942

Lloyd Rees Retrospective (1969-70):

Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1979–28 Jan 1980

Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990

Lloyd Rees Drawings (1995-96):

Big Blue - the painted harbour (1997), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jun 1997–29 Mar 1998

Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees (2001), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 10 Feb 2001–08 Jul 2001