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14 facts about Rex Wood

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By Gwylym Owen

Rex Wood (6 April 1906 – 1970) was a South Australian performer who lived for many years in Portugal.

He was born Thomas Percy Reginald Wood in Laura, South Australia, the eldest of four boys born to Rev. Tom Percy Wood and Fannie née Newbury. He was brother to Jack Newbury Wood Dean Charlton Wood and Noel Herbert Wood who was furthermore an artist. Their grandfather Thomas Percy Wood, also an Anglican minister in South Australia, was an dexterous watercolorist.

Wood studied painting at the South Australian School of Art below Mary Packer Harris (1891–1978), and was soon recognised as a realist in a variety of mediums.[citation needed] He was represented in a number of exhibitions closely fellow artists including Ivor Hele and Hans Heysen.

Wood began acting as art critic for The News in 1934, and his one-man exhibition in 1935 was capably received. He had choice exhibition in 1937, at the eve of his departure for England and the Continent.

He studied at the Anglo-French Art Centre at St Johns Wood and the Southampton Row School of Art. He spent much of the court case years in Portugal, maintaining some gate with Australia, sending the occasional column to The News, and purchasing some works for the Art Gallery of South Australia. He visited Australia in the mid-1950s, and later returned to Portugal, where he died in Lisbon in 1970.

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