Adam grew up in the West with daily access to undeveloped spaces. A curios child, he was motivated to find out how the natural world worked. Familiarizing himself with the organic processes and cycles of the animal and plant kingdoms Adam developed a deep respect for the complexity of nature that is reflected in the vibrant colors and intricate patterns of his sculptures.
Adam learned how to form canes with polymer clay as a teenager. Based on an ancient Roman technique used in glass blowing called millefiori — the making of polymer clay canes combines a colorful modern art medium with a long and interesting tradition.
Struggling to find a creative outlet in his early twenties, Adam experimented with drawing, collage, painting, but was never entirely fulfilled until the rediscovery of polymer clay: the opportunity for design and structure seemed endless. Now, more than ten years later he is pioneering his medium, constructing sculptures unprecedented in scale and color.
Not wholly representational, Adam’s sculpture straddles the real and the abstract. He says, “These forms embody the old and the new, the material and the ethereal: polymerclay is a completely new medium but the canes trace their history all the way back to early Egypt and the bodies are modeled after an animal’s real physical form but the skins, made totally from canes, captures their character, their strength and power, that set of traits we refer to as the spirit.” And just as every animal is unique, so too, each and every one of Adam’s pieces is original and no two will ever be the same.
Born in 1978 in Eugene, Oregon. Adam has been working in polymerclay for over twelve years. He currently lives in Utah with his wife, Tracy, a graduate student at the University of Utah.
3rd place, 2013 Polymer Clay - Gallery style, Flow Art Space, St. Paul, MN: Owl
Award of Merit, 2012 88th Springville Salon, Springville, UT: Mountain Lion
2013 Polymer Clay - Gallery Style, Flow Art Space, St. Paul, MN: “Owl”
2013 Two person show, Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT: “Selected works”
2012 Utah Face of Sculpture, West Valley, UT: “Trout”
2012 88th Springville Salon, Springville, UT: “Mountain Lion”
2011 Utah Face of Sculpture, West Valley, UT: “Polar Bear”
2009 Utah Face of Sculpture, West Valley, UT: “Giraffe”
2008 Utah Face of Sculpture, West Valley, UT: “Cat” and “Wild Horses”
2007 Utah Face of Sculpture, West Valley, UT: “Fish” and “Heron”
2006 Utah Face of Sculpture, West Valley, UT: “Cats” and “Moose”
2006 September Gallery Stroll, Featured Artist, Magpies’ Nest, Salt Lake, UT: “Frogs” and “Cats”
Articles and Reviews
“Adam Thomas Rees: Polymerclay Sculptor,” The Beautiful People Project. (Feb, 3, 2013). http://www.thebeautifulpeopleproject.com/2013/02/adam-thomas-rees-polymerclay-sculptor.html
“The Music of Design,” The Polymer Arts. Jainnie Jenkins. (Fall 2012). http://www.pageturnpro.com/ The-Polymer-Arts/32804-The-Polymer-Arts-Fall-2012-Vol-2-No-3/index.html#10
“Adam Thomas Rees,” From Polymer to Art. (Yellow issue 2012). http://www.frompolymertoart.com/c-1589307/delivery-outside-europe/
“The Works of Western Masters,” Glinki Net. (January, 5, 2012). http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://glinki.net/adam-thomas-rees/&prev=/search%3Fq%3DAdam%2Bthomas%2Brees%2Bglinki%2Bnet%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den
“Super Size Polymer,” Polymer Clay Daily. Christi Friesen. (November, 21, 2011). polymerclaydaily.com/?s=adam+rees.
“Face of Sculpture,” Oquirrh Times. Gennese Hawks. (September 11, 2011). oquirrhtimes.com/?p=3323.
“Sculpture at its Best at Bison Gallery,” San Juan Island Update. Ian Byington. (December 10, 2010). sanjuanupdate.com/2010/12/sculpture-at-its-best-at-bison-gallery/.
“Utah Artist Marries Ancient Millefiori Technique to Sculpture,” Sculpture News at Sculptsite. Bill West. (November 12, 2010). sculptsite.com/sculpture-headlines-Adam-Rees-11-12-10.html.
“Adam Rees Cane Sculpture,” Sculpture News at Sculptsite. Bill West. (September 27, 2010). sculptsite.com/sculpture-headlines-Adam-Rees-09-27-10.html.
“Close Up,” Salt Lake Tribune. Stephen Hunt. (September 23, 2010). sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment/50327754-81/rees-canes-sculpture-sculptures.html.csp.
“Exhibition Review: West Valley City, The Face of Utah Sculpture,” 15 Bytes. Kasey Boone. (July 2007). artistsofutah.org/15bytes/07july/page4.html.