OLIVER REED

We are delighted to be showing part of Oliver's N:055˚ W:002˚series which was inspired by his frequent wanderings through Duns Castle estate, the venue for our annual Borders Artists exhibition.

Oliver was born in Yorkshire and studied at Leeds College of Art and Hull College of Art before moving to Edinburgh to study for his Master of Fine Arts degree at Edinburgh College of Art. After graduating in 1999 he was offered a teaching role at the College and continues to teach there alongside working on his own paintings and site specific projects. Oliver co-founded Allanbank Arts in 2011, an arts centre offering courses and mentoring sessions in the Borders.

The paintings in this series focus on the transitory nature of the relationship with spaces that we frequently inhabit and pass through, specifically in this case the woods and paths of the Duns Castle Nature Reserve. As Oliver explains;

'The spaces explored may appear chaotic, rough and unconsidered but for me have a natural order, growing and tended to by nature's gardener, one tree dominating another for space and light, and at the same time being dependent and governed by the natural forces working on and in the landscape.

These natural forms and spaces that we encounter, for me, are an intrinsic part of our experiences in engaging with our environment, creating a sense of space, place and the marking of time'.

 


OLIVER REED

INTO THE WOODS I

Oil on Board

61 x 90cm

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INTO THE WOODS II

Oil on Board

60 x 80cm

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N 55˚ 47’ 33” W 2˚ 21’ 19” NO.2

Oil on Board

30 x 60cm

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CHOICE OF PATHS I

Oil on Board

61 x 61cm

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CHOICE OF PATHS II

Oil on Board

61 x 89cm

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THICKET

Oil on Board

37 x 52cm

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THICKET II

Oil on Board

60 x 84cm

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FOREST TRACK

Oil on Board

61 x 61cm

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BIFOCAL

Oil on Board

43cm diameter

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BENN ALLIGIN, TORRIDON

Watercolour

40 x 68cm

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SOLITUDE

Pencil on Paper

38 x 25cm

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MOUNTAIN HUT

Pencil on Paper

33 x 33cm

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ST VERAN, FRENCH ALPS

Watercolour

44 x 45cm

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FROM BENN ALLIGIN TO BEINN EIGHE

Graphite and Gum Arabic on Paper

43 x 63cm