Rees - Super Sculptor
been known to hob nob with Hollywood legends. His work is recognized
around the world. He's tall, he's dark but he's not that fellow
who played Superman in the movies. He's Christopher Rees, a very
talented local sculptor, who has spent the last thirty years of
his life immortalizing his subjects in clay.
in Redding, England, Rees settled in Windsor in 1969, after completing
his studies in Fine Art at the West Sussex College of Arts and Crafts
and at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Arts.
meticulous attention to detail means his sculptures are incredibly
lifelike. He can capture the smile, the gesture and the carriage
that conveys a subject's essential personality. To achieve his exacting
standards, Rees devotes many hours to researching his subjects.
His works include Canadian celebrities such as Dr. Roberta Bondar,
Canada's first astronaut; scientist David Suzuki; prima ballerina
Karen Kain; and Moe Closs, former president of Chrysler Canada.
the early eighties, Rees completed a larger-than-life bust of former
Windsor Mayor and Walkerville resident Bert Weeks. "He even captured
my jowls!" joked Weeks at the unveiling.
is pleased that this bust, which at one time was on display at Willistead
Manor, will be included in the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens which
are being developed along the waterfront at the foot of Parent Avenue.
has to be an unselfish thing," says Rees of his work. "You have
to want to make people aware of the beautiful and profound things
around them. When I sculpt, I try to get a little more out of myself
is best known for his sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, which has been
featured on several Canadian and American television shows, in magazines,
and in two recent books on the actress. Other Hollywood notables
who have been immortalized by Rees include former talk show host
Johnny Carson and actress Joan Collins.
corporations have commissioned Rees to sculpt retiring presidents
and outstanding employees as a permanent recognition of exceptional
service. His latest commission for DaimlerChrysler was a life-size
bust of founder Walter P. Chrysler which is destined for the corporate
headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
was also asked to create a series of reliefs of race car and motorcycle
drivers, boat races and airplane pilots, (including Amehlia Erhart)
that are on display at the Motor Sports Hall of Fame of America
in Novi, Michigan.
has a continuing commission for a new church in London, England
where he has already installed a life-size cruxifix and is now preparing
to depict the Virgin Mary. "I used the photographs from the Shroud
of Turin to create the face of Jesus," says Rees referring to the
controversial piece of cloth believed to have wrapped the body of
Rees is at home with the stars, he enjoys creating sculptures of
the 'stars' of families who commission him to immortalize a grandparent,
son or daughter for a cherished family heirloom. When he is not
on the road, Rees can be found at his studio on Pierre at Cataraqui
and can be reached at 251-0522.
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