Rees has excelled in all aspects of creativity. He has been interested in the arts his entire life and explored with a wide range of media. His initial interests began with photography leading to more abstract art. Following came his endeavors in the art of glass blowing. Rees also played bass guitar in a band named Stranger than Fiction. He has produced countless graphic cover art and advertising art work for a wide range of clientelle. His passion for art continues to lead his work in new directions and leaves us with forethought of where we have been and unlimited possibilities of where he might take us next.
Rees’ studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England were the proving grounds for the process of creative experimentation. His studies in London expanded his design horizons by allowing his concepts to become the guiding force throughout the design process. This incorporated his ideas of the creation of form in space, through the use of appropriate artistic/industrial aesthetics, using various materials. His work, both in Architecture and Art, reveals the idea of creating objects within a space which have a distinct influence over an individual’s experience of that space. Creating and evoking feelings through dynamics of art to inhibit feelings within a particular space created the original inception of the Lookimagine, Spiralglass Studios, and Firehaus Gallery. This idea remains the primary goal for his creations. Rees graduated with honors from Texas Tech University, obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture Design Specialization Degree. Additionally, he achieved specialized Minors in Sculpture and Photography. His influences include mentors Peter Thomas, Peter Sabara, and Nigel Coates; while at the Architectural Association in London; and Bill Bagley, a noted and respected three dimensional sculptor. His theories and ideas were further enhanced by the Situationalist’s International movement in Europe.
Rees has been involved in graphics, photography, and painting for decades. He has been selected for a wide range of custom commissions and received multiple awards across the spectrum of his body of work. He has also gained well known status in the glass art community though Spiralglass, Inc. Additionally, Rees was the owner and director of Firehaus Gallery which was focused on a specific body of works involving fire inspired art. It was at Firehaus where he created the formation of a new body of works under the title “SOLAR”. Rees has been involved as a designer and consultant with large scale corporate commissions, private commissions, and light fixture design. Some of his past clientele include Publicis Blum, Delinea, Neiman Marcus, Precept Builders, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Celebrity Bakery, Dallas County Community College, Zales Corporation, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Omni Hotels and Resorts, Marriot Hotels, and the W Hotel Dallas; to name a few.