In 2009 Tim Rees picked up his first set of oil paints and never looked back.  He moved to Chicago in September of that year to paint at the historic Palette and Chisel Academy. In 2010 he held his first solo show at the P&C, where he was well-received. Chris Miller stated in a review of the show:  “He pulls these strong compositions together like he’s been doing it his entire life.” After just a year and a half he joined the staff of instructors and began teaching drawing and painting classes. He soon began teaching figurative and landscape painting workshops, including a week long intensive in the south of France at the age of 26.  He has won several awards, including the Palette and Chisel’s People’s Choice award at the annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Southwest Art Magazine’s “Artists to Watch”, and Fine Art Studio Online’s Bold Brush Award.   He has also been in several publications, including features in American Art Collector Magazine, International Artist, and Southwest Art Magazine.

Timothy believes in drawing as the root of strong painting, and is proficient in many mediums, from charcoal to ballpoint pen.  “Drawing teaches us most of what we need to know about painting:  the shapes, values, edges, and composition- everything except color and paint application.” With this in mind he developed a method of charcoal drawing quick sketches that allows him to go beyond gestures and tackle all of these drawing issues, prompting many to say his drawings look like beautiful monochromatic paintings.

He puts higher stress on compositional beauty rather than hidden symbolism, and prefers to allow the design, color, and edgework to tell the story of his paintings, from simple vignettes or still lifes to the energetic glimpses of his plein air landscapes.  Technique is paramount to reproducing an idea, and with that comes a thoughtful, logical approach to executing a painting.  “Just because a painting looks energetic or done with ease does not mean it should be done haphazardly.  I think a lot about each brushstroke and try to encourage students to do the same.  It’s easier to take your time and get it right than spend the entire time fixing mistakes.”

Timothy currently lives in Arizona and teaches the traditional apprentice format and curriculum at Rees Atelier.



2009-2012        Independent Study at Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL



2017-current   Rees Atelier (Head of Atelier Program)

2014-2017       Scottsdale Artist School (Head of Academy Program)

2011-2012        Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Weekly Class Instructor


Selected One Persom Exhibitions

2014            Faces of Miami, Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale AZ

2012            III: Finale, The Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

2011            II: The Art of Timothy Rees, The Palette and Chisel, Chicago IL

2010            Works and Studies, The Palette and Chisel, Chicago IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017            ARC Select, Rehs Gallery, New York, NY

2014            Local Exhibition, Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

2013            Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

2012            Faculty Exhibition, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

Gold Medal Exhibition, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

2011            OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Portraits of the Palette, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

New Works, 2 Man Exhibition, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Annual Drawing and Sculpture Exhibition, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

Gold Medal Exhibition, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

Best and Brightest, Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ

2010           Annual Drawing and Sculpture Exhibition, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL

PAPC Edgewater Exhibition, Edgewater Historical Society, Chicago IL

Plein Air Painters of Chicago Exhibition, Palette and Chisel, Chicago IL

2009           Summer Exhibition, Blink Gallery, Phoenix, AZ


Selected Bibliography

2019           International Artist, Words of Wisdom from the 2019 Faculty, February/March

2019           Sasee, About the Artist (Cover), February

2018           Fine Art Connoisseur, Figurative Spotlight, November/December

2017            Pink Magazine, About the Artist (Cover), September

American Art Collector, Diverse Figures, November

Fine Art Connoisseur (Digital), How Precise is Precise, October

Art Renewal Center, 12th Annual Competition Catalogue

2014            Southwest Art, Artists to Watch, January

The Art Edge, Interview with Artist Tim Rees, November

Phoenix Magazine, Artist of the Month, August

2013            Southwest Art, Emerging Artist, December

International Artist, Variety Creates Balance October/Novermber

2012           Art Renewal Center, 9th Annual Competition Catalogue

2011            American Art Collector, Realist Pairing, November

2010            American Art Collector, Experimentations in Oil, December