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Elizabeth Rees

Elizabeth Rees was born in Palmerston North in 1959. She holds Diplomas in Fine Arts from Queen Elizabeth College and the University of Canterbury. Rees has been exhibiting since 1989. She began with artworks of social satire linked to television and celebrity, and exploring relationships between the body, the mind and the environment in which we exist.

After an absence of several years showing work in Auckland, Rees joined ARTIS Gallery in 2011. As with her figure works, her rich and moody landscapes have a psychological element. Each enigmatic space conjures the feeling of isolation, potential and mystery. She achieves this through a controlled and unique use of paint. Rees works on carefully primed canvases, enhancing the luminous qualities of oil paint.

Each to one’s own path and motivation, we are in motion in the passage of life and time. Each painting freeze-frames a moment; the last step has gone and the next is yet to come.


2017 – Light, ARTIS, Auckland
2016 – Juncture, ARTIS, Auckland
2014 –  Silent Stage, ARTIS, Auckland
2012 – Another Stage, ARTIS, Auckland


2017 – ‘Elizabeth Rees, I Paint’ by Don Abbot, Soar Print, Auckland