"Michael Rees's work is not easy, he scrapes and scours until an image, perhaps of a head or a figure is at least exhumed from its surroundings, which are seldom unequivocally identified. Are they landscapes or walls or ancient excavated sites? Skulls float from such surfaces, maybe a ghostly dwelling or a tree, maybe a distant skyline. Nothing is too specific and the viewer is free to evoke a personal interpretation.
This is painting which has pleasures, memories, evocations which remain and intrigue long after the initial experience of seeing.
They cannot be easily described or defined. Many have a silence within in which no bird sings. Time is suspended, forms are in touch with the eternity of forever.
But Rees has the awareness of his contemporary situation, much of the work is concerned with 'modern man'. They exist with slightly awkward limbs, on printed paper lists of no great significance and of no material value, in frames whose rigid shapes, they are often uncomfortable.
They are modern works of modern man, often agitated, slightly ill at ease. The works are about the human condition, our place, our contemporary fears and joys, our very existence." John Maltby
1989 Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives
1997 Paintings, Sculptures and Prints, Austin/ Desmond Fine Art, London
2000 The Excavated Image, Austin/ Desmond Fine Art, London
2002 Market House Gallery, Marazion
2004 Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall
2005 Trace Elements, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
2006 Oliver Contemporary, London
2007 Naked Earth, Goldfish Contemporary Fine Art, Penzance
2008 Michael Rees, Austin/ Desmond Fine Art, London
2011 Mini Retrospective, Market House Gallery, St Ives