Born 1946, San Diego, California
Lives and works in New York
David Reed gets paint on surfaces in a way that makes viewers question whether they are looking at a print, a photograph, or some kind of reproduction, such is his subtle painterly skill. His forms are beautiful and subtle gestures created with the sleek technique of an accomplished hand. Reed is of the great abstract painters working today, having worked in New York City since the 1970s, investigating the act of making marks on paper and canvas. His recognizable images, repeated throughout his body of work, are almost stylized representations of the brushstroke – both unfettered and restrained. Reed pays homage to expressionism but also the graphic shapes of pop art and the additive forms of collage.
David Reed received his BA from Reed College, Portland, Oregon in 1968. His work was included in the 1975 and 1989 Whitney Biennial Exhibitions. Solo exhibitions have been held at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and Kunstverein, Hannover; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, which travelled to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY.