Lloyd Rees by friend and Northwood resident William Pidgeon. Winner of 1968 Archibald Prize
The Lane Cove Art Society is a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers. Our aim is to encourage, recognise and reward artistic talent and to provide a forum for people to share their interest and knowledge in art.
We extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in art.
The roots of the Lane Cove Art Society are very prestigious. The Lane Cove Art Panel, established in 1962 consisted of four artists, Lloyd Rees, Guy Warren, William Pidgeon and Reinis Zusters. All of these artists went on to achieve outstanding artistic success and widespread recognition.
During conversation in 2021 Guy Warren made the following comments:
“I met Lloyd Rees on the bus home from work one day, the only seat left on the bus was next to Lloyd. I had recently returned from England and was working at an advertising agency. During our conversation Lloyd asked if I was interested in helping him teach a drawing class on the next Saturday. That led to a position lecturing at Sydney Uni in the faculty of Architecture.”
Guy said that Lloyd was such a likeable fellow that whenever he asked help of the local artists everyone said ‘yes’. That was the case with setting up exhibitions and eventually establishing the Lane Cove Art Society.
After a successful Municipal Art Exhibition in 1963, the Panel decided to foster further exhibitions by establishing the Lane Cove Art Society. It was formed in 1965 with Lloyd Rees as founding President. The Society quickly established a reputation for excellence, attracting a wide variety of artists.
Included among them were members of The Northwood Group, a small group of friends who would go on painting excursions around Sydney Harbour and northwestern Sydney. Regulars of the Northwood group were Lloyd Rees, Roland Wakelin, George Feather Lawrence and John Santry. Douglas Dundas, Wilmotte Williams and Marie Santry were also associated with the Northwood group.
Lloyd Rees and successive presidents have guided the Lane Cove Art Society to become the well established and vibrant Art Society that it is today.