CHINA AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALIA CHINA
David Reid is an Australian artist with over 30 years of art practice. With a degree in Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales, his work revolves around his interaction with the world and his expression of responses he communicates through painting.
Such giants of Australian Modernism as artists Ian Fairweather and Tony Tuckson have influenced him. He has also worked alongside creative mentors including John Olsen, John Firth-Smith and Tim Storrier.
His interest in Chinese art has become his lifelong passion. As far back as his late teens, his focus was on Chinese Art, studying at high school and University. In subsequent years opportunities within his artistic and working life have enabled him to develop a deep relationship with China.
This love affair blossomed in 2005 when he first exhibited his work at the Shanghai Art Fair and was invited to return in 2006. With this assistance of the Government of South Australia, he has continued to develop his relationship with Asia’s most exhilarating city, regularly travelling to Shanghai.
The deeper he dives into China, the more he is able to mirror these visual and emotive responses within his work. He employs some of the major ideas and explores many of the materials found in Chinese art but he never seeks to imitate them. Instead through spontaneity, layering colour and aesthetic simplicity David takes the traditional art form and gives it a contemporary, insightful edge.
David’s work has attracted attention from Chinese art professors and curators alike and his works are sold in Australia, China, Germany and the United Kingdom.
He hangs in a wide range of collections from discerning personal collectors, working with high-end interior designers and architects to corporate commissions including a five-panel painting and ‘River Rocks X,’ commissioned for the On the North Project – the Shanghai Yacht Club and Marina, and his 12-panel interpretation ‘The Dewy Path,’ commissioned by global fund manager Blackrock, and hanging in the foyer of their Shanghai headquarters.