A Teddy, Darkly by D.J. Rees

About the work
Date of completion:
23 June 2018
Edition type:
Unique work
Digital Art
Digital Art
7×7 in
Copyright © 2018 D.J. Rees
All Rights Reserved.

Provenance records
  • 08 Feb 2019 Verification
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Artist statement:
Promo Introduction:
Teddy Poo, a pixelated teddy bear, started showing up as an artifact in a few of my digital artworks. In the beginning, He would show up here and there almost inpercievably, becoming noticeable only during the final revisions of pieces as I was preparing them for publication. Shortly after noticing him, as if he was intelligently and purposefully motivated, he began to appear more and more, at first as varients of his natural state, and then in positions of movement.
As any sane artist would do, I assumed that he wanted his own set and collection. Being an artist, and totally sane, I decided to do just that. Believing that once he had his time in the spotlight, he would go back into the ether, content and happy never to mar my artwork again.
...I was wrong...
History of the, "A Teddy, Darkly," set
Inspired by digital artifacts from previous works, this set was first created as a collecting card set submission.  Having too few pieces in the set, the submission was withdrawn and has become a "development ongoing," set and product collection on the Threasless.com art store #OnSecond Street.
Additional observations:

A Teddy, Darky; is a currently developing set.  Artwork is currently on home products, apparel, and PoD wall art.

... D.J. Rees


It is my intention that through each piece, whether mundane or abstract, you find an amalgam of fascination, interest, and passion.

As one who has spent much of his life growing in the rural areas of Pennsylvania, U.S. with the opportunity to travel and interact within different social strata, I have been granted a blessing that many born and raised in rural areas do not often get - multifaceted perspective. This can be said for anyone capable of leaving their day to day behind to experience life under different circumstances. This became my interest. Growing up on an 8 acre plot of field and woods in a place called Bumpville I had an advantage in cultivating my imagination and fed it what information I could compile about the fascinating like magick, nature beings, underground army bunkers and mad scientist inventions often using the same stick or stone to create the imagined scenarios and people (as the closest person my age lived 2 miles away up the two longest hills in Bumpville) which kept my creativity hungry throughout my adult years.

After a rather rocky but phenomenally fun journey into my late 20s, I spent yet another 20 year delving into my passion of supporting the success of and advocating for teens and young adults that had become entangled in the children's and forensic (courts and incarceration) systems. Being primed to think outside the box I dare say it was my creativity, isolation, and travelling to new lands that made it possible to establish and grow statewide programs with the intent to give these beings of potential an often never known understanding and ability to find opportunity and success.

What the hell does this have to do with art!? Beside the obvious creativity and bountiful collection of experience and observation to be described and documented, it has left me with the hidden; the small differences and the larger but shyer similarities, the whispered hopes and fears we all have in common, and the dreamscapes and night planes where we somehow find ourselves meeting each other.

These are the things I hope to share, the only way they can truly be communicated - through art and imagery and they prose and verses conjured by combining a scene and a title. There is magick in the world, people can transform into superheroes... or villains, and we can find portals in almost any cupboard or crossroads. To find the fantastic in the mundane we just need to stay curious.

This is my intent to present an amalgam of fascination, interest, and passion for you to find, whether within the mundane or abstract.