An exciting new acquisition, from a private collection, is this extraordinary work by the sculptor Guy Reid, a life-size bust of a young girl (Ellie). This is one of three works being offered to Ebury Trading. Guy’s work’s are now highly sought after and only two galleries I believe sell his work’s directly, one here in London and one in Paris.
This work is life-size and as with all his works is carved from a single block of lime-wood. It is partially painted.
As a sculptor working in lime wood, Reid’s carvings are more often then not left in the natural wood but can be both painted or partially painted.
It is the body itself, both naked and clothed which fascinates Reid, evoking the complex nature of being human. At times his work carries an irresistible, contemplative force. Art critics have described certain pieces as beautiful and ugly in almost the same breath. He works from both live models and photographs. When working on portraits, the process of engagement with the individuals who sit for him is central to the work. This is reflected in the thorough personal photographic basis of the sculptures. The artist has pointed out that whilst his carving draws on traditions of European Gothic and early renaissance lime-wood sculpture, it is the photographic basis of his work which gives to his sculptures a perplexing exactness that medieval sculpture could never achieve. The originality of Guy’s work lies partly in this marriage of traditional practice and photography.
The artist’s friend, artist David Blamey, has conversely observed that his studies of children offer a similar degree of intimacy, but in his view it is the detachment that comes with the fact that Reid is not a father and the mediation of the photographic process that gives the children’s individual character expression. He says, “These kids carry the unnerving presence of adults. Our gaze is returned by the future neurotic, the future man-eater, the future captain of industry”.
Reid’s reputation was established in the 1990s, with his first Solo Show in the summer of 1999 receiving strong reviews. Other exhibitions followed in London, Manchester, Yorkshire, Birmingham and Liverpool, and internationally in New York, Miami, Toulouse and Paris.
Public commissions include the controversial and much acclaimed nude Madonna and Child at St Matthew’s Westminster, a figure of Adam for Mirfield College, Yorkshire, a sculpture of St Editha for Polesworth Abbey, 14 life-size portraits held permanently at the Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove and a portrait of the painter Glynn Boyd Harte for the Art Workers Guild London. In 2006 Reid completed a naked crucifixion for Saint George’s Church Paris. A life sized relief carving of the same subject is currently being considered for installation by a Benedictine abbey in the UK. He has been the subject of a documentary for Japanese Television on Contemporary British Artists and appears in Michael Petry’s anthology Hidden Histories published by Artmedia Press 2004. The Museum of Liverpool Life lists Reid’s Avoncroft corbels as being of international significance. One of these 14 life-sized portraits is of Reid himself and is featured on the National Gallery Website.
Reid’s work can be found in important private collections worldwide.
For more details on this work, the price and details of the other two pieces being offered, please contact me directly.