Monday, August 18, 2008

"Presence," Edward J. Reed's Solo Exhibit of New Works

at The Art League Gallery
September 5 - October 6, 2008

"Failing Light," oil, 30" x 53

Already a consummate portrait painter, Edward J. Reed now strives to capture people in the context of a greater narrative. He is increasingly drawn to individuals and compositions that exhibit a contemplative feel and a broader range of emotions and sense of experiences. “Presence,” Reed’s solo exhibit at The Art League Gallery, features new works that capture individuals and emotions within a deeper narrative context.

“I strive to find and create divergent themes rather than repeating the same motif in each canvas,” states Reed. “I feel compelled to explore a range of emotional stages and struggles. People with character or dignity capture me, people who inherently project strong emotions, unexpected emotions.” Reed develops a diverse range of impacts with his new works, taking his paintings beyond portraiture.

Reed paints from life, where “their true personalities emerge. I rarely ask subjects to stay still. I want them to move, talk, and relax. This lets me infuse my work with a sense of movement, more accurately revealing the whole person,” he states.

Reed studied intensively with Danni Dawson, Robert Liberace, and Diane Tesler at The Art League School. He has won numerous other national and international accolades for his painting. Among these, American Artist Magazine awarded him its 70th Annual Reader’s Choice Award for Best Oil in 2007. In its International Portrait Competitions, the Portrait Society of America awarded him the Best Portfolio Award in 2007 and an Honors Award in 2006. The Portrait Society of Canada awarded him Second Place in its 2006 International Portrait Competition. Artist’s Magazine ranked him a finalist in both the Still Life and Portrait and Figure Categories of its 23rd Annual Art Competition. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the regions and is held widely in private collections. Reed currently teaches painting at The Art League School. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

In The Art League Gallery:

September 5 – October 6, 2008

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 11: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Mr. Reed will give demonstrations, painting from a model in the gallery on the following dates:
Saturday, September 13, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 20, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

New Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open every Thursday evening until 9:00 pm.

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

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