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Edinburgh in the Snow

Edinburgh in the Snow available as a print

Edinburgh in the Snow

This year, my 30th Anniversary since going self employed as a full time artist, I am holding a number of special exhibitions at various venues.

The current exhibition opened on Friday night at the Bob Abley Gallery at Spennymoor Town Hall. The exhibition runs 7th – 28th February and features 30 paintings that represent many of the subjects and places I have painted over the last 30 years.

Since 1993 I have been very fortunate to sell many limited edition prints of Edinburgh.  It was only fitting to include in the exhibition, a new original watercolour of Edinburgh in the Snow which is also available as a limited edition print with only 95 in the edition.

Other subjects include some new original paintings of Newcastle, Italy and the Middle East. As I’m currently working on a series of portraits of members of City Church, Newcastle, I’ve also included some figurative paintings too.

The Bob Abley Gallery is a lovely well lit exhibition space so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to show so many of my paintings together throughout February.

 

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Artist of the Year 2014 Exhibition

 

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Alan Reed outside Mall Galleries, London

On Tuesday evening I attended the Preview evening for Artists & Illustrators Magazine‘s “artist of the year 2014” exhibition.

I was delighted to be chosen as one of 50 shortlisted artists out of over 3000 entries with my entry “Last Light, Ruwi”, particularly as it came in my 30th anniversary year.

You can read more about my painting in a blog post I wrote 7th October about the competition.

The exhibition is being held at the Mall Galleries, London until 17th January.

If you’re in London during this period I can recommend calling into the Mall Galleries (situated on the Mall near Admiralty Arch) to see the exhibition for artist of the year 2014. It features a wide range of artistic styles and mediums.

Also, try to see the stunning Rembrandt show at the National Gallery which finishes 18th January. It’s worth putting up with the crowds to take in the late works of one of the greatest painters of all time.

I managed to get to the Rembrandt, Late Works show and despite the crowds was able to make several sketchbook studies in my moleskine sketchbook using charcoal pencils. I’ll be saying more about this in a future blog post.

 

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Portraits in Charcoal

Charcoal Portrait of Emanuela

Portrait of Emanuela

Drawing Portraits in Charcoal can be a very rewarding experience, especially when you are working from life. When I have a portrait commission, especially if it’s a child, I find it helpful to do a quick study in one of my moleskine sketchbooks.

Usually children these days don’t like to sit still for even just a few minutes so it’s nigh on impossible to do an oil painting from life of a child. One has to rely on photographs but there is a real benefit in having a couple of sketches to refer to as well.

This study in charcoal pencil of Emanuela is based on a much longer drawing made from life over three short afternoon sittings. It is currently on view as part of my 30th Anniversary Christmas exhibition at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.

One of the links on this post is an affiliate link to a Moleskine sketchbook, a product which I personally use, available from Amazon. Another is for some charcoal pencils. If you click on the links and buy any of these products then I will receive a small percentage of the sale from Amazon at no extra cost to yourself.

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30th Anniversary

Alan Reed Art 1984-2014

30th Anniversary

Thank you to all our customers who came along and supported us at our Christmas Party weekend in November. We hope you enjoyed your complimentary goody bag to go with the paintings and Christmas Cards you purchased.

Our 30th Anniversary Christmas Exhibition is currently on view at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland until 24th December. Our usual opening hours are 9:30-5pm Tuesday to Saturday although we will try to accommodate customers outside of these hours too.

There’s usual ample parking space on our drive and along Elm Road that runs alongside our home and you will be offered fresh coffee or tea on arrival.

The Christmas Exhibition is a mixed show of original paintings, limited edition prints and Christmas cards depicting scenes of the North East, Scotland, Italy and the Middle East.

Over the following 10 months I will be holding a number of other events and exhibitions outside from our Studio and Gallery to celebrate my 30th Anniversary which you can find out about by subscribing to our newsletter.

In January I will be showing my painting “Last Light, Ruwi” at the Mall Galleries, London, which was shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators “Artist of the Year”. The Reader’s vote will be announced at the Private View 6th January. The exhibition continues until 17th January. You can still vote for me here by clicking on this link.

30th anniversary celebrations continue when I will exhibiting at Spennymoor Town Hall 7th- 28th February. Further events are planned for March and April (including the launch of the City Church Portraits at the CastleGate) before we set off to Umbria, Italy for a week. I will be teaching on our painting holiday at a beautifully restored church Chiesa del Carmine.

We still have a few places available if you are interested in coming along. Six of the guests from last year have already re-booked.

 

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Jesmond Dene Painting

Jesmond Dene in Winter

Jesmond Dene in Winter Painting

My 30th Anniversary Christmas Party starts on the weekend of 15th-16th November. It’s one of several events we’re organising over the following year to celebrate my 30 years as a full time artist.

The featured painting on my invitation is Jesmond Dene in Winter. The original watercolour has already been sold, however I’ve decided to publish the painting as a limited edition giclee print with only 30 prints in the edition.

I’ve also reproduced the Jesmond Dene Painting as a Christmas Card which is available online in packs of 5 and at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland.

The Jesmond Dene Painting was inspired by an afternoons sledging with my grandchildren one winter in Jesmond Dene. I managed a small sketchbook watercolour before the light faded and took a number of photographs which I used to compose the painting. Already, I’ve had a number of customers contacting me saying that the painting reminds them of times they have spent sledging with their own children.

The exhibition which runs until 24th December includes a number of new paintings including scenes of Newcastle, Northumberland, Scotland, Italy and the Middle East.

As a special thank you to the customers who have supported Alan Reed Art over the last 30 years, there will a Christmas present for the party guests attending the weekend preview. There will also be a Christmas Bran Tub along with festive refreshments!

If you are unable to attend the Christmas Exhibition Party but would like to be informed of future events please subscribe to our newsletter which we usually send out once a month.

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30th Anniversary

Artist Alan Reed 1984 Press release

Artist Alan Reed 1984

On the first of October 1984 a young budding artist called Alan Reed took the plunge to go self employed as a full time artist through the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, an initiative set up by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government which gave a guaranteed income of £40 a week to unemployed people who set up their own business. Over 350,000 individuals were funded through the scheme including artist Tracy Emin and the founders of Viz Magazine.

I remember the build up to going Self Employed very vividly. I recall that I’d been working on a one year contract at the Hancock Museum painting the backdrop for a huge display called Abel’s Ark. When the contract ended I was unemployed for several months so I decided to work towards an exhibition of some new paintings to be exhibited in an art gallery in Rothbury. The local press picked up on the story. I’d managed to save a £1000 to put in a new business account which meant I qualified to receive the £40 a week for a year. This was a massive help in getting started on 1st October 1984.

Those early years in business were also aided by a part time income from lecturing at Derwentside Technical College in Consett where I taught graphic design and illustration. Much has happened since then which I will be writing about over the next few months to record my travels and life as an artist.

It’s incredible to think that I’m now celebrating my 30th Anniversary in business. Where have the years gone? And where did the hair go?

To celebrate my 30th Anniversary I will be holding a number of exhibitions over the next 12 months. Here are a couple of dates to put in your diary:

13th November Portraits of City Church Members to be launched at The CastleGate, Newcastle.

15th November 30th Anniversary Christmas Party at my Studio & Gallery, Ponteland.

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