Jim Reid

Jim Reid’s landscape paintings highlight the complex relationship between nature and culture. Paintings from the 1980’s explored the borderlands between urban, agricultural and natural areas. Through the 1990’s the work became more sculptural, with the series Terraforms. These massive assemblages combined man-made materials such as acrylic paint, metal mesh and fiberglass castings with collaged natural material from the site. Reid’s Ferals series (2003-2013) was a typology of individual wild apple trees growing in the forests near his studio. Descended from cultivated trees, these feral apple trees escaped that control and became integrated into the local ecosystem. In the series Forests (2008-2015), repeated forms and obsessively layered surfaces revealed the terrain as ancient, complex and constantly transforming. His latest work, Peel Plain, moves to the open spaces and distant horizons of the historic farmlands below Peel’s section of the Niagara Escarpment. At first glance serene, yet energetic and chaotic, they reflect conflicting forces in a changing landscape.

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 10-2-17
watercolour on paper
25 x 35 inches

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 7-6-16
#1 SE from Torbram, N. of Old School Rd.
2016
acrylic and pastel on Arches paper
31.5 x 41.5 inches (framed)

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 3-6-16
N. W. from King St. at Sloan Road
2016
acrylic on canvas
72 x 108 inches

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 7-4-16
2016
acrylic on canvas
76 x 116 inches

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 30-3-16-1
2016
acrylic, pastel and graphite on paper
25 x 35 inches
(Collection of Peel Art Gallery)

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 30-3-16 #2
W. from Mississauga Rd., S. of Mayfield Rd.

2016
acrylic and pasted on Arches paper
31.5 x 41.5 inches (framed)

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 15-1-16
2016
acrylic and pastel on paper
22.5 x 44 inches

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 13-6-18-1
2018
acrylic and pastel on paper
20 x 43 inches

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 13-6-18-2
2018
acrylic and pastel on paper
20 x 43 inches

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 28-11-17-1
2017
acrylic and pastel on paper
35 x 55 inches

Jim Reid
Peel Plain 3 – 9 June 2015, N. from Old School Rd., E of Winston Churchill Road
2016
acrylic and pastel on Arches paper
17 x 21 inches (framed)

Jim Reid
Peel Plain #1, 5-5-15: S. from Sloan Rd.
2014
acrylic and charcoal on paper mounted canvas
22.5 x 45 inches (framed)

Jim Reid
Forest 10-10-17
2017
acrylic and pastel on paper
37 x 36.5 inches (framed)
(Private Collection)

Jim Reid
Forest 24-8-13
2013
acrylic on canvas
18 x 18 inches

Jim Reid
11-10-11
2011
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches

Jim Reid
Feral 4-11-08
2008
acrylic on canvas
60 x 60 inches

Jim Reid
Buckthorn Tree, September 20-26
2013
acrylic and collage on panel
75 x 77 inches

Jim Reid
Exquisite Entropy, 14-10-10
2010
acrylic on canvas
82 x 108 inches

Jim Reid
Remnant of an Ancient Wilderness 20-9-11
2011
acrylic on wood panel
84 x 126 inches

Jim Reid
5-5-11, 2011
acrylic and collage on canvas
72 x 120 inches
(Private Collection)

Jim Reid
Feral Orchard 1-11-13
2013
acrylic and collage on panel
72 x 105 inches

Jim Reid
Feral 5-1-09
2009
acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
(Private Collection)

Jim Reid
Forest-2-7-18
2018
acrylic on canvas
54 x 48 inches

Jim Reid
Feral 20-10-03
2003
acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Jim Reid
Ancient Silence
1993
acrylic and collage on plywood
96 x 192 inches

Jim Reid
Radiant Earth Terraform
1995
acrylic and collage on fiberglass
109 x 192 inches

Jim Reid
Frozen Ground
1998
acrylic and collage on plywood
72 x 144 inches

Jim Reid
Burnt Fields
1983
acrylic on canvas
48 x 96 inches

Jim Reid
untitled
1990
acrylic on paper
24 x 35 inches

 

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