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Matthew Rees

Matthew
Rees

Biography

Born in Stourbridge, where he later did his foundation course. He is the son of two teachers, his father being a lecturer on the degree course in art. On his mothers' side, his great uncle was the Welsh painter Harry Hughes Williams.

Matthew studied art at Bristol in the 80's, paying his way by doing building work. After several years of being a partner in Lloyd Rees Construction, Matthew says he felt it was time for an adventure, his wife says a mid-life crisis, and they moved to France with their three sons where they built a house with a panoramic view of the Pyrenees in Hounoux in the Aude. Almost a year later, in 2014, whilst on a roof, his life as a builder came to an abrupt end after suffering a brain stem Cavernoma Haemorrhage.

Fortunately, Matthew survived but his whole right side and sight were affected. Unable to return to his former business Matthew began painting again, beginning with self-portraits, holding his right hand with his left to monitor his progress. Two years on he is now painting full time, with his left hand.” A stroke of luck.”

The paintings shown here vividly evoke the colour and vibrancy of the landscape in which he lives and reflect the joy of life.

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