Edge of Tranquility

Paintings by Jim Reid
April 4-22, 2017

Jim Reid, Forest 5-5-11, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 72x120in

Nature is chaos and order in perfect harmony, and exists on a time frame beyond human comprehension. Our efforts to define it are always fraught with more questions, and the forest is always there to reclaim that which we have borrowed. From his home in the woodlands of Caledon, Jim Reid has observed this push and pull, and has watched the forest he calls home evolve over the decades. His paintings are echoes of this living majesty, an attempt to capture the fragility and resilience of the natural world, and a reminder of the world we truly live in.

Jim Reid’s work is rooted in “plein air” painting of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and filtered through ideas relating to modernism, expressionism, biology and environmentalism. Today no corner of the earth is unaltered by technology, yet nature remains beyond our control, infinitely complex and enigmatic.

The work process involves transporting the paintings to various sites on the Niagara Escarpment and Canadian Shield. These areas each have rich natural and human histories, and both are sites of frequent conflicts over land use: conservation versus development. Over the course of many months the paint surfaces are built up and gouged, the elements take their toll, earlier layers are obliterated as the painting repeatedly transforms. Curator Ihor Holubizky wrote for Culture-Nature (The Metaphorical Instrument) at the Art Gallery of Hamilton: “As he works on site, Reid allows nature to take its course, to show the accumulation, traces and scars, the evidence of erosion rather than the prettiness of “texturing”. At the same time he indicates the profound shift that has taken place in our relationship with nature and the possibilities of a spiritual resonance.”

Jim Reid was born in Toronto in 1955. He has received a BSc from McMaster University and a BFA from Mount Allison University. He lives in Caledon, Ontario.

Jim Reid is represented by Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto.  See full resume here.