|James Reed graduated from the University of Arizona with distinction in 1978 earning a BFA in studio art.
Reed’s recent work comprises a series of portraits of women, whose eerie gaze follows the viewer around the room. Reed draws his imagery from numerous sources, including old movies, advertising, and discarded magazines. He makes pigmented ink-jet prints which he transfers to canvas, wood or other surfaces. He may paint colors on top, or glue on several layers of transfer prints, adding different expressions or features to the original model. Once he has built up the surface of the work, he begins to subtract, “gouging out great swathes with sharp tools or even setting it on fire.” The resulting built-up, crackled surfaces bear the patina of old age, slightly surreal considering their teen age subjects.
In 2008, James Reed was awarded Second Prize in the The Photography and Kiln Worked Exhibition at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. His work has been shown at the Arizona Biennial, the University of Arizona, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Phoenix Center for the Arts. James Reed’s work is in the permanent collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO.
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