May 19, 2017 – June 23, 2017
Born in Northern Maine in 1967, Rees Perry was reared in a farming family. He developed an early curiosity and affinity for nature and leaned toward the esoteric. Rees exhibited an artistic ability from an early age, and was always encouraged in that respect. He received art education from Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida focusing on illustration and printmaking. Relocating and settling in Asheville in 1990, he pursued music and street performance while continually striving at painting and drawing. He also gained some skill in carpentry and renovation work, incorporating related materials and processes into his visual art. He has shown his paintings in many venues locally and received the “Peoples Choice Award” for art at the LAAF festival in 2003. Also in 2003 he became the studio assistant and long-time friend of artist Jimmy O’Neal – an association affording great experience in both gallery and public art creation and installation. Rees maintains a working studio outside of Asheville where he experiments and hones his skills, always chasing the ideal of the perfect iconography for now.