Alan Reed, one of Britain’s leading watercolourists, was born in the North of England into a family with a history of painting, and fell in love with watercolours at the age of 15. His father Ken Reed is the world’s leading Golf artist and Alan’s grandfather and great-grandfather were both artists.
He trained as an illustrator/graphic designer in the North of England and spent the early part of his career doing artist impressions of new building projects for architects. Since then he has developed his own distinctive painting style that is instantly recognisable. Alan specialises in landscapes and cityscapes and his unique, fluid style captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape.
“I produce paintings which are representational but not photographic. I am concerned about capturing the light and the fleeting moment for which watercolour is ideally suited. I like to paint beach scenes, people and cities, particularly the hustle and bustle of street life.”
Alan has had many successful exhibitions since 1981, including those at the Mall Galleries in London, Malcolm Innes Gallery in Edinburgh and has been a regular exhibitor of rowing scenes in the Stewards’ Enclosure at the Henley Royal Regatta.
The quality of his work received national recognition with the selection of a number of his cityscapes in the Sunday Times watercolour competition for three successive years.
In September 2010 Alan was 1st runner up in “The Bath Prize” with his original painting of “The Royal Crescent, Bath”. The painting of “The Roman Baths by Torchlight” was also highly commended.
Alan’s work has become increasingly collectable and is widely represented internationally through private and corporate commissions including those for Coutts Bank, Rolls Royce, Northern Rock PLC, several client’s private and corporate properties both in the UK and worldwide.
Alan Reed’s career as an artist is an ongoing journey, both creatively and geographically. Purchasing one of his paintings or prints enables you to partake of that journey of discovery.