For many years I’ve practised the regular discipline of life drawing to sharpen my skills at drawing from observation.
Although I have specialised in watercolour for over 35 years, I also worked in oil paints, charcoal, pencil, gold leaf and acrylic. We founded the Alan Reed Art Gallery in 1996. Since then it has had a permanent exhibition of Paintings on display.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity of exhibiting throughout the UK and overseas in the USA, Italy, Oman and Kuwait. My subjects are varied including landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, architecture and portraits.
It was early in his career that the quality of Alan’s work received national recognition with the selection of a number of his cityscapes in the Sunday Times watercolour competition for three successive years. He was also shortlisted for “Artist of the Year” for Artists & Illustrators Magazine in 2014. Alan has over 30 years experience in teaching Art & Design.
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2018 “Watercolour in Oman Landscape” http://www.omanobserver.om/oman-in-water-colour/
2014 One of 50 artists shortlisted by Artists and Illustrators Magazine for Artist of the Year 2014.
2013 Journal Article – Faith moves artist Alan Reed to church display
2013 Winner of “The Artist’s Prize” in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition 2013 with his painting “Jebel Akhdar, Oman“.
2013 Watercolour painting of “Clifton Suspension Bridge in the Mist” was Highly Commended in the Bristol Art Prize.
2011 Winner of the “Circus Painting Prize” in the Bath Prize. His painting of “Pump Room in the Snow” was highly commended.
2011 One of the finals with his painting of “Grey Street” in the “Show me the Monet” programme shown on BBC2.
2010 1st runner up in “The Bath Prize” with his original painting of “The Royal Crescent, Bath“.
“The Roman Baths by Torchlight” was also highly commended.
One of Alan’s photographs of Venice Regata Storica is featured in a bookby JoAnn Locktov published by bellafigurapublications “Dream of Venice in Black and White”
Alan Reed’s approach to painting is described in Theodora Philcox’s book
titled “Landscapes in Watercolour”.