IT’S clear Warrnambool artist Alex Rees has a big heart.
The 29-year-old will hold his first exhibition at Warrnambool’s ArtLink Gallery, with proceeds going to Peter’s Project and to provide educational resources for poor rural children in Ghana.
Alex attends the ArtLink program three days a week and has been one of the studio’s shining lights since its inception.
He said it had taken about a year to complete the works and he spent about two days working on one painting.
He said it was difficult to say which was his favourite but he was happy with his Easter Eggs painting.
The works are acrylic on canvas and Alex is known for his quirky and colourful art style with interesting use of shapes.
For his exhibition, titled The Promised Land, he has drawn inspiration from life.
ArtLink studio supervisor Jenny Altmann suggested the name and Alex loved it.
“He loves church and hymns and started to sing a song about the promised land, so it was a perfect choice,” she said.
“He takes great joy in his painting and his paintings are always about happy things.”
Western District Employment Access (WDEA) community director Kim Williams said ArtLink provided an opportunity for people with disabilities to explore their passion for art.
ArtLink is a community enterprise of WDEA and provides a tailored studio art program where people with a disability or supported learning need can explore their artistic potential and develop social skills through art.
Alex’s exhibition will open at 241 Koroit Street tomorrow at 5.30pm and will be on display until September 6.
The ArtLink gallery is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday.