Imogen Reid

Joined Artfinder: Sept. 2014

Artworks for sale: 6

United Kingdom

About Imogen Reid

 
 
  • Biography
    A contemporary realist painter, if a label will help, I often use a combination of found and personal photographic memorabilia as the starting point for my work. I reconstruct familiarly uncomfortable social interactions - to reveal the shared humanity in the cognitive isolation of individual experience; an autobiographical and generic commentary on suburban British life. The loose reworking of photographic images is intended as a deliberate point of access for the viewer; to prompt their own memories.

    I build small wood panels, sometimes faced with copper, or linen supports for my oil paintings. The scale intensifies of the process, both of creating and observing, bringing an intimacy which is perhaps partly voyeuristic. And I employ traditional oil painting techniques, combining opaque, dry brush and glazes.

    The spontaneity of plein air and life drawing makes up a valuable part of my work, pursuing both the seductive rhythm and flow of line and fleeting light. Daily drawing takes me healthily out of the studio. I am particularly drawn to Dutch genre painting and American Realism. Most recently, I have been inspired by the work of Andrew Wyeth.




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  • Education

    2009 - 2010

    Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

  • Awards

    2015

    Clifton Arts Club Members Prize

    Awarded by the RWA selectors for 'Soap'
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: BV Open Studios

    Dates: April 24, 2015 - April 26, 2015

    Venue: Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol

    Annual Open Studio event showcasing 120 creatives.

    Event: Drawn

    Dates: March 21, 2015 - June 7, 2015

    Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

    Drawn is a biennial open submission drawing exhibition. It aims to raise the profile of drawing, exploring it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. The exhibition pushes the parameters of drawing by exploring the parallel language of multiple disciplines, and includes illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects.

    Artists are encouraged to use both wall and floor space utilising both traditional and experimental techniques and technologies, exploring the boundaries of drawing.

    The selection panel includes: Anita Taylor, Artist, Director, Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art & Design; Kate MacFarlane, Director of Drawing Room, London; Yvonne Crossley RWA, artist and founder of The Drawing Gallery; and artists Tim Harrisson RWA and Fiona Robinson RWA .

    Event: The Discerning Eye

    Dates: Nov. 13, 2014 - Sept. 23, 2014

    Venue: The Mall Galleries, London

    The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector's section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.

    It provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection; selection is not by committee. The only restrictions are limitation of size (only small works are permitted) and to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission. Both my works were selected from the open submission.

    Event: 161st Annual Open

    Dates: Nov. 24, 2013 - Jan. 26, 2014

    Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol

    Open exhibition featuring RWA academicians, including Ken Howard, and open submission works. Three works of three submitted were selected, and two hung - Soap, and Family Values.

    Event: London Group Open 2011

    Dates: Oct. 20, 2011 - Nov. 10, 2011

    Venue: The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, Southwark, London, SE1 8TJ

    The London Group was set up in 1913 by thirty two artists including Robert Bevan, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Jacob Epstein, Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Lucien Pissarro and Walter Sickert, with the aim of creating a powerful artist-run group to act as a counter-balance to institutions such as the Royal Academy. The founding group created a unique structure for an organisation, that has gone on to successfully nurture the careers of many of Britain’s best-known artists.

    The London Group holds a prestigious biennial Open Exhibition where artists, at all stages of their careers, are invited to submit work to exhibit alongside members’, with at least half the exhibitors being non-members. 160 works in total were shown.

    My painting 'Bully Boys' was selected by Bill Feaver (writer, artist and critic) and Jenni Lomax (Director, Camden Arts Centre). Guest exhibitors Gillian Ayres RA, Robyn Denny, John Carter RA and Richard Wilson RA also participated, and a work by the late John Hoyland RA was shown.

Links


Education

2009 - 2010

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London


Awards

2015

Clifton Arts Club Members Prize

Awarded by the RWA selectors for 'Soap'

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: BV Open Studios

Dates: April 24, 2015 - April 26, 2015

Venue: Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol

Annual Open Studio event showcasing 120 creatives.

Event: Drawn

Dates: March 21, 2015 - June 7, 2015

Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Drawn is a biennial open submission drawing exhibition. It aims to raise the profile of drawing, exploring it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. The exhibition pushes the parameters of drawing by exploring the parallel language of multiple disciplines, and includes illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects.

Artists are encouraged to use both wall and floor space utilising both traditional and experimental techniques and technologies, exploring the boundaries of drawing.

The selection panel includes: Anita Taylor, Artist, Director, Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art & Design; Kate MacFarlane, Director of Drawing Room, London; Yvonne Crossley RWA, artist and founder of The Drawing Gallery; and artists Tim Harrisson RWA and Fiona Robinson RWA .

Event: The Discerning Eye

Dates: Nov. 13, 2014 - Sept. 23, 2014

Venue: The Mall Galleries, London

The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector's section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.

It provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection; selection is not by committee. The only restrictions are limitation of size (only small works are permitted) and to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission. Both my works were selected from the open submission.

Event: 161st Annual Open

Dates: Nov. 24, 2013 - Jan. 26, 2014

Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol

Open exhibition featuring RWA academicians, including Ken Howard, and open submission works. Three works of three submitted were selected, and two hung - Soap, and Family Values.

Event: London Group Open 2011

Dates: Oct. 20, 2011 - Nov. 10, 2011

Venue: The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, Southwark, London, SE1 8TJ

The London Group was set up in 1913 by thirty two artists including Robert Bevan, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Jacob Epstein, Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Lucien Pissarro and Walter Sickert, with the aim of creating a powerful artist-run group to act as a counter-balance to institutions such as the Royal Academy. The founding group created a unique structure for an organisation, that has gone on to successfully nurture the careers of many of Britain’s best-known artists.

The London Group holds a prestigious biennial Open Exhibition where artists, at all stages of their careers, are invited to submit work to exhibit alongside members’, with at least half the exhibitors being non-members. 160 works in total were shown.

My painting 'Bully Boys' was selected by Bill Feaver (writer, artist and critic) and Jenni Lomax (Director, Camden Arts Centre). Guest exhibitors Gillian Ayres RA, Robyn Denny, John Carter RA and Richard Wilson RA also participated, and a work by the late John Hoyland RA was shown.


 

Biography

A contemporary realist painter, if a label will help, I often use a combination of found and personal photographic memorabilia as the starting point for my work. I reconstruct familiarly uncomfortable social interactions - to reveal the shared humanity in the cognitive isolation of individual experience; an autobiographical and generic commentary on suburban British life. The loose reworking of photographic images is intended as a deliberate point of access for the viewer; to prompt their own memories.

I build small wood panels, sometimes faced with copper, or linen supports for my oil paintings. The scale intensifies of the process, both of creating and observing, bringing an intimacy which is perhaps partly voyeuristic. And I employ traditional oil painting techniques, combining opaque, dry brush and glazes.

The spontaneity of plein air and life drawing makes up a valuable part of my work, pursuing both the seductive rhythm and flow of line and fleeting light. Daily drawing takes me healthily out of the studio. I am particularly drawn to Dutch genre painting and American Realism. Most recently, I have been inspired by the work of Andrew Wyeth.




 
 
 
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