David Rees

Lives and works: London

A strong believer in painting from the heart, David Rees captures the stories of animals and humans in his striking oil paintings.


Fascinated by how art is constructed, he watches other artists to examine each individual brush stroke and understand their technique. He can often be found browsing artists on social media, which he says is a ‘rabbit hole’ of inspiration.

Preferring an organic approach, David begins each piece without a clear idea in mind. Letting the drips of paint run down and mix creates a multicoloured background, while flicking paint at the canvas gives expression and movement to the subject.

David says: “It is so important when painting to not be afraid to make mistakes, so I give myself free rein to be brave. I avoid paintbrushes as much as possible and instead use rollers, sometimes using a palette knife or some scrunched-up tissue for the finer details or to add texture.”

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