Nicholas Rees

Artist Statement

I work primarily in two media; prints and sculpture, drawing inspiration from a reading of myth, history and literature. These fields become the subject of a rich visual and emotional archaeology, and I take pleasure in the juxtapositions that ensue as a result of the ambivalent boundaries that exist between them. Recently, I have examined current events such as the Fukushima disaster and the on-going transformation of industrial culture, especially in its local environment, using the same criteria to create a personal response.


Nicholas Rees was born in Durban, South Africa, and came to Canada at the age of twelve. He worked and studied part time at the University of Waterloo, where he was influenced by book illustrator and author Virgil Burnett. He has worked as an artist in Waterloo region since 1973, in both printmaking and sculpture, and has had numerous exhibitions.

In 1996 Rees founded the Kitchener Industrial Artifacts Project, a project aimed at celebrating the region’s industrial heritage via the preservation and display of selected industrial artifacts and the documentation of local industrial architecture.

He taught sculpture at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2002 to 2007 and continues to offer private lessons in both printmaking and sculpture.

Nicholas Rees works primarily in sculpture and printmaking, both of which are supported by a strong interest in drawing and photography.

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