Welcome, I am Charlie Rees, an artist with a studio in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. I have always been a painter, but in recent years, doing more work in stained glass and mosaics.
Quick gestural drawings are at the heart of my work. They are spontaneous, a moment in time. The gesture captures what a figure is doing, a sense of movement and rhythm. Color comes later, enhancing the lines, adding sauce to the art.
My recent work in stained glass and mosaics is evolving. Although stained glass and mosaics are ancient art forms, they are bold, contemporary mediums. The stained glass is unique because of the interplay with light. This play with light provides the freedom to experiment and create compositions that are mosaics of light, line and color. The stained glass panels and mosaics are fine art, decorative and functional.
I approach my art as both an art and a craft. They are inseparable.
If you are in the Chicago area, I invite you to visit the studio, experience the art.