Skip to content


An image of The blue bay by Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

The blue bay
Place of origin
Lane CoveSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

49.5 x 60.5 cm stretcher; 64.0 x 75.4 x 6.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "L REES 38".
Purchased 1945
Accession number
Not on display
Bibliography (9)

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Catalogue’, pp 109-125, Melbourne, 1972, 112 (illus.). O98

Lou Klepac, Affinities: Brett Whiteley & Lloyd Rees, 'Introduction', pp 2-4, Sydney, 2001, 7.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Patricia James, Lloyd Rees: paintings, drawings and prints, ‘Paintings: and related drawings and prints’, pp 27-66, Sydney, 2013, 33 (colour illus.),159. 8

Sandra McGrath, Sydney Harbour Paintings from 1794, Milton, 1979, 60 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting from the National Collection, Sydney, circa 1946, 7. 5

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

The Brett Whiteley Studio, Whiteley & Rees: More affinities, Sydney, 2005, (illus.). List of works

Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 500 (illus.). 'Lloyd Rees special number'

Gavin Wilson, Harbourlife, 'Harbourlife', pp 7-32, Sydney, 2007, 56, 14-15 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (10)

Twentieth annual exhibition of the Contemporary Group (1945), Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, Jul 1945 -

Contemporary Australian painting from the National collection, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1946–1950

Sydney Harbour 1794-1979, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 03 Aug 1979–26 Aug 1979

Images of Sydney and Environs 1850-1950 (1985), New South Wales House, London, Mar 1985–May 1985

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

The well built Australian: Micheal Goldberg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–08 Aug 1999

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

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

Whiteley & Rees: more affinities (2006):

Harbourlife: Sydney Harbour from the 1940s to recent times: