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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. BURBANK, CA
CTN Studio is proud to host “REES’S PIECES”, an exhibit of original art by SoCal artists Jerry, Rebecca, Wilder, Ian and Harold Rees.
"One Family - Five Flavors"
Saturday, April 1st, 2023
5:00pm to 9:00pm
847 N Hollywood Way, Suite #100,
Burbank, CA 91505.
The exhibit will be on view through May 27th.
“REES’S PIECES” features diverse artworks of the Glendale based Rees family: Jerry & Rebecca Rees, their two sons, Ian and Wilder. The family members share the common bond of all being professional creatives working in the entertainment industry.
Stated Rebecca: “We all share the same passion – telling stories and bringing characters to life”. Added Jerry: “While we all follow the same muse, we have each developed very different styles”.
Also on display will be handcrafted instruments carved by Jerry Rees’ late father, Harold Rees, the renowned luthier of Loma Linda.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: “REES’S PIECES” features the artwork of one family in five ‘flavors’ and covering three generations - over 80 creations, executed in a wide range of materials including charcoal, inks, graphite, watercolors, wood, clay, bronze, pastels and pixels. Jerry Rees displays bronze sculptures based on the fairytale “Rapunzel” and digital paintings from his original film concept “Strawman”. Rebecca Rees’s fine paintings and classic ink brushworks focus on her heartfelt connection with the natural world. Wilder Rees employs graphite and digital painting software to whimsically depict everything from single characters to story-centric scenes. Composer Ian Rees contributes original music, inspired specifically by his parents’, grandparent’s and brother’s works on view in the gallery. Harold Rees’ lovingly crafted violins, violas, cellos and mandolins reflect his deep love for artistry and music.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
JERRY REES, a Los Angeles based artist & film maker, is a prolific Director, Producer and Writer of live-action, animation, trans-media and specialty venue films as well as immersive themed entertainment experiences. Awarded a Disney Scholarship, Jerry attended California Institute of the Arts as Teacher’s Assistant for the now famous inaugural Character Animation “A113” Class featured in Vanity Fair’s 2014 article “The Class That Roared”. Jerry began his career as a Disney Feature Animator, working up to Visual Effects Supervisor on “Tron”. He Directed “The Brave Little Toaster”, “The Marrying Man”, “Susie’s Hope,” and 22 trans-media Disney Theme Park attractions to date. As an Executive R&D Imagineer Jerry spent 5 years as Creative Lead on free-walking autonomous robots and A.I. companion characters, for which he received 3 Disney Inventor Awards. He is currently nurturing multiple original feature films and collaborating with a worldwide team to push for innovation in real-time immersive global human connection.
REBECCA REES, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, studied illustration and design at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Rebecca worked for over 20 years in the animation industry, largely at Walt Disney Feature Animation, under the guidance of Eric Larson. At Disney, she was an Animator, Storyboard Artist and member of the Story Development team. Selected credits include “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Fox and the Hound” and “Back to Neverland”. She was also a Directing Animator on “The Brave Little Toaster”. Spending six months in Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong during that film, Rebecca became inspired by Sumi-e East Asian brush painting which focuses on simplicity and spontaneity. She utilizes traditional papers, ink, watercolors, acrylics and colored pencils in her personal art.
WILDER REES is an illustrator & character designer based in Burbank, California. Wilder’s obsession with character, stylization, and detail drive him as an artist. He currently works as a full-time character designer for the animated television series, “Rick and Morty”. Wilder holds a BFA in Illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design. Using his preferred mediums of graphite and digital painting software, Wilder creates appealingly eccentric illustrations ranging from single characters to complex story-centric scenes.
IAN REES is a film composer and musician based out of Southern California. He creates music for theatrical feature films, shorts, iPad games & apps, general commissioned work, YouTube channels and more. Ian graduated from the Media Composition department at California State University Northridge. He was then accepted into the USC SMPTV Graduate Certificate Program. Ian frequently works with his former CSUN colleague, Garrett Crosby, as well as established film composer Christopher Wong.
HAROLD REES carved instruments until his 102nd birthday. Under the tutelage of Washington DC violin maker Herman Weaver, Rees finished his first instrument in 1949. Over the years he made many of his own carving tools as well. Even the western-style workshop where he created his instruments was constructed by Rees. His Swiss maternal ancestors, (Reichenbaughs), were themselves woodcarvers and musicians. Lucille Taylor, principal violist for the San Bernardino Symphony, and alternate viola & violin for the Los Angeles Philharmonic is the proud owner of an original Harold Rees viola. She plans to visit the Rees’s Pieces gallery installation to play her Rees viola and demonstrate his various instruments on display for visitors to enjoy. Date to be announced.
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