about - Pete Rees
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About Peter

Peter is a professional fine art and commercial photographer based on the beautiful Waiheke Island, situated off the coast of New Zealand.

After many years of running his own gallery and teaching Fine Art Painting and Photography Peter now concentrates on producing and exhibiting his own work. From 1987 to 2007 Peter worked as a professional artist and photographer based in the UK. In 2007 he moved to New Zealand with his wife, Elaine, and for three years lived aboard their sail boat, Albacore. Finally they moved to Waiheke Island in 2010 where they now live with their daughter Eva.

Over the last 30 years Peter has been actively involved in Art and Photography. From leading Art departments within the teaching environment to supplying a range of artwork to prestigious  galleries in UK and Europe. This has included drawing, printmaking, painting and, of course, photography.

In recent years Peter has spoken at many photographic societies including being the opening keynote speaker for the Photographic Society of New Zealand's 65th annual convention in 2017.

“The dramatic contrasts in light and atmosphere created in mountain and coastal environments have drawn me to travelling and working in these areas. The experience of sailing, tramping and being in the landscape is fundamental to the way I approach drawing, painting and, of course, photography.”


Details

Born in Cardiff, Wales
Foundation Course in Art and Design, Carmarthen College
Studied BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art Painting, Photography and Printmaking: Loughborough University
Director of Fine Art at The Manchester Grammar School
Owner and exhibitor at Hayfield Gallery in the Peak District of Derbyshire Exhibited in selected galleries in the UK (see below)
Musician in various bands for too many years!


Selected Exhibitions

National Portrait Gallery, London, John Player Portrait Awards
East Midlands Arts Centre, Nottingham
The Ceri Richards Gallery, Swansea
The Morley Gallery, London One-man show,
The Hodson Gallery, Loughborough
Third Eye Gallery, Nottingham
The Self Portrait – ‘A Modern View’, Artsite, Bath
Yorkshire Open Arts,
Leeds London Contemporary Art Fair
One man show at The Portico Gallery, Manchester
Vital Art, Atlantis Gallery, London
Boothhouse Gallery, Holmfirth
Battersea Contemporary Art FairThe Sculpture Lounge, West Yorkshire
Regular exhibitor at The Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside (OCG),The Lake District
Stages Gallery, Machynlleth, Wales
Plas Glyn-y -Weddw, North Wales
Regular exhibitor at Amber House Gallery, Derbyshire
One man show at The Blythe Gallery, Manchester
The Globe Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
Regular exhibitor at Lee Chapman Contemporary Arts, Keswick, The Lake District
The Wendy Levy Gallery, Manchester
Sally Brown Gallery, Marple Bridge
Phil Tregonning Fine Art, Derby


Collections

East Midlands Arts Leicestershire County Collection
Loughborough University
Lancaster University
University of Wales
Ingleby Collection
Eagle Star Group
The Manchester Grammar School
Britton Finance Ltd
P & O Ferries
Hilton International
Rank Xerox
Brownsword PLC
Kirkman Architects
Private Collections in UK, Europe and America


Publications and Television

Zenos Poetry Magazine
Illustrations for ‘The Tangled Skien’ Sherlock Holmes
Book Cover ‘Meet the Dragon’Book cover Cheshire and Derbyshire Life
Living Edge Magazine
Marks and Spencer Catalogue
Three programmes for Media Television on Paint Techniques
‘Money Now’ BBC documentary on Art and Finance

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