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David Reed

Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series


David Reed is one of the most renowned abstract painters of our time.

His sensuous works are bathed in a deep, glowing light, which seems to emanate from within. Moving to New York from the west coast in 1971, Reed gained recognition with bold reductive paintings that addressed both the great tradition of Abstract Expressionism and the ideas and processes of Minimalism and Post-Minimalism. His later work has been influenced by film and media while bearing witness to his interest in light and color phenomena in historic art. His work is held in major museum and private collections around the world, including the Maslow Collection at Marywood.

David Reed is known as a colorist and for creating long, narrow abstract paintings on canvas that are hung either lengthwise or vertically and feature several images resembling enlarged photographs of swirling brushstrokes juxtaposed in a single painting. Reed's paintings are engaged in a crossover between film, the electronic media and everyday culture. Besides being a fine arts painter, he is also an installation sculptor, a video artist, a lecturer on contemporary art and art history, and an exhibition curator. He has a fondness for the art from the Baroque and works by Degas and Delacroix.

David Reed is the recipient of many awards, including the Roswell Museum and Art Center grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, and the Ursula Blickle Foundation Art Award.

He is represented by Galerie Schmidt Maczollek in Cologne, Germany, Häusler Contemporary in Zurich, Switzerland, and Galerie Renos Xippas in Paris, France. His works on paper are represented by Peter Blum Gallery in New York.