Lloyd Rees - The Art of Life

Draftsman, printmaker, painter and teacher – celebrated Australian artist Lloyd Frederic Rees had a wide sphere of influence across his long artistic career. 

We talk to the friends, family and former students of the much-loved artist and through their stories they shed a little light on the personality and philosophies of Lloyd Rees. Featuring interviews with his son Alan and daughter-in-law Jancis, as well as longtime friends such as Philip Cox, Richard LePlastrier, Hendrik Kolenberg, Joan Domicelj, Wendy Whiteley and Guy Warren, the piece concludes with an excerpt from a 1980s interview with the artist himself. Filmed as part of the exhibition Lloyd Rees: Painting with Pencil 1930-36, held at the Museum of Sydney 12 December 2015 – 10 April 2016.

He passed that on to us... that was his way of teaching. It was far more than just art; it was the art of life. That of course is, as we all have come to realise, is the greatest art of all. 

Richard LePlastrier, 2015

Lloyd Rees - the art of life

Watch the extended interview with Lloyd Rees’s son Alan, and daughter-in-law Jancis, as they share personal insights into one of Sydney’s most beloved artists. 

Former AGNSW curator Hendrik Kolenberg knew artist Lloyd Rees professionally as well as becoming a close friend. Hear his insights knowledge and insights of Lloyd’s technique as well as some of his fondest personal memories of the beloved artist. 

Sydney artist Guy Warren was a longtime friend and colleague of artist Lloyd Rees. Hear his memories and insights into one of Sydney’s most beloved artists. 

Iconic Sydney artist Brett Whiteley knew Lloyd Rees and his work from a young age and respected him as a mentor. Hear Wendy Whiteley OAM recall some fond memories of their meeting and their friendship. 

Richard LePlastrier first met artist Lloyd Rees in the 1960s while a student at the Architecture Faculty at the University of Sydney. Hear some of Richard’s fondest memories and insights into his former teacher and longtime friend. 

Heritage expert Joan Domicelj AM, first met artist Lloyd Rees in the 1960s while a student at the Architecture Faculty at the University of Sydney. Hear some of Joan’s fondest memories and insights into her former teacher and longtime friend. 

Philip Cox AO first met artist Lloyd Rees in the late 1950s while a student at the Architecture Faculty at the University of Sydney. Hear some of Philip’s memories of his former teacher.

About the Author

Colour photograph head and shoulders portrait of woman with long brown hair and glasses
Veronica Kooyman
Former Assistant Curator
Interpretation & Exhibitions
Veronica has worked in museums since 2009 and has been fortunate to work at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour and the National Motor Museum in the Adelaide Hills where she had far too much fun riding around in vintage cars. Between 2014 and 2018 Veronica worked as part of the exhibitions team, learning and sharing new and fascinating stories from her home city.