With American graffiti artists, Reid likens their skills and practice to the traditional atelier-style of learning. “Graffiti treats lettering just like the human form. There needs to be a physicality, weight and thought given to each letter. Graffiti artists spend years studying and perfecting before they lay any kind of creativity over the top of that it, much like a drawer or painter does with the body. I think the best graffiti artists think of it as a formal practice.” In a climate where more artists are working in the fields of digital, video and design-as-art, it is very invigorating to see a young painter with such enthusiasm for the medium. Reid’s uninhibited, oscillating lines run on top of his solid grounds to produce works that have a tension and an energy that hits the viewer with force.
He’s currently studying sculpture at the National Art School, Darlinghurst and is about to have his second exhibition New Works (a lonely hearts affair with a Zoloft patient).