David Rees has always been passionate about art, and studied History of Art at University before moving to London and becoming a full time artist.
Rees says “Inspiration is hard to pin point, over time you become the collective of all your experiences and it is impossible to discount anything from influencing your work.” He is very interested in the technique of painting, and it fascinates him to try and see how a work is constructed by individual brush strokes and so he always tries to see artists who are painting and to study their work.
Ultimately, inspiration for Rees comes from getting out and seeing what artists are producing. He enjoys browsing works and artists on social media, saying “It can be like falling down the rabbit hole as you each artist leads you to another.”
Rees tries to be organic with his painting, and doesn’t set out with a clear structure of what he wants to achieve. He finds that this gives him free reign to be brave with how he paints, and the more conservative he is, the worse the final product is. He believes that pushing boundaries has helped him to progress his artwork.
Rees believes it is very important when painting to not be afraid to make mistakes. He tends to paint sporadically, having periods of great progress before needing to take hours to look at it and understand what he need to do next and where the painting needs to go.
“It is so important when painting to not be afraid to make mistakes. I give myself free reign to be brave with how I paint, the more conservative I am the worse the final product is”