After visiting the recent Lloyd Rees exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, I pulled out my collection of Lloyd Rees books for another helping of his work. One of the books, Lloyd Rees in Europe by Hendrik Kolenberg is a beautiful collection of drawings and watercolours of his trip during the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. I bought this book from a friend, Sandy quite a few years ago. Sandy’s leftovers have become some of my favourite dishes.
My other book Lloyd Rees by Renee Free was also a left over. Deleted from Library Collection is stamped very clearly in red and a thick black marker across the bar code. Pasted in the front page is an old-fashioned yellow library pocket with a frenzied green date stamp, last marked in 1995. This book hasn’t had the careful nurturing like Sandy’s book but is a little bumped around the edges, a bit crinkly and smells of a library. I like the plastic wrapping, like a plate of last nights offerings. It means I can leave it on the paint table and not be so tentative.
Tucked between the pages the last borrower, Valerie, left her shopping list of library items. It made me wonder why it was destined to be deleted.
I have mentioned Lloyd Rees‘ work before and he is a pretty tasty morsel. He also travelled and painted the area close to where I live and the little town of Gerringong will be holding a Lloyd Rees Festival in December. Hopefully they will serve up quite a decent helping and more people will get to taste his recipes for drawing. A new book will be launched by Henrik Kolenberg. I wonder if I should buy it freshly packaged or wait like I did for the others to ripen over time.