Friend Of The Month, December – Guy Reid

This month I would like to introduce the sculptor Guy Reid. I met Guy when I was working as the Parish assistant in St. Matthew’s Westminster, where Guy was the artist in residence at the time. His workshop was located in the large tower of the Church and each morning and evening Guy would join us for the daily offices which were sung in the beautiful upper chapel within the church designed by Ninian Comper. We quickly became friends and I was fascinated not only by his incredible skill and creativity but also by his discipline, both in his work and spirituality. During 1998/99 Guy asked if he could carve me half-life size and use me as the subject of an installation ……. this was something I shall always remember, although what became of the finished work I know not! – The work was entitled “you are?” and formed part of his exhibition in 1999

Guy Reid was raised in London and Shropshire. He completed his first degree in 1984, a BA in Politics and History at the University of North London. In 1985 Reid began training as a classical carver and restorer and later went to work for the world renowned Spink Workshop where he completed work for institutions as varied as the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Getty Museum California and the Sir John Soane Museum London. In 1997 Reid went on to graduate with an MA in Systematic Theology at King’s College London. He has exhibited widely at groups and solo exhibitions as well as at art fairs in the UK, France and the USA. 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 also 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. He is interested in the current debate surrounding painted sculpture and has found that his painted works in particular can still cause controversy, asserting an alternative ethos to the modern tradition which elevates the material …… his work is always informed by the figure in relation to its spatial and thematic contexts and are either painted, partially painted or left in the natural wood.

I am excited that in the spring I will be aquiring two of Guy’s work’s from a private collection which will be for sale and more details about these will be posted here at a later date.

Guy’s website and contact details can be found here