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Sale IT192 Lot 6

Oil pastel on two pieces of paper (diptych): 9 x 24 in.
Unframed; lower right signed: Paul Reed 1986

Note: A native of Washington, D.C., Paul Reed was one of the founding artists of the Washington Color School. After attending San Diego State College and the Corcoran School of Art, Reed moved to New York and worked as a magazine illustrator and graphic designer (1942-1950). Reed returned to Washington in 1950, and opened his own graphic design firm. He rekindled his childhood friendship with Gene Davis and formed new friendships with fellow D.C. artists - notably Jacob Kainen.

It was upon his return to D.C. that Reed began to stain colors on unprimed cotton duck, a technique pioneered by Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, and inspired by Helen Frankenthaler. Reed had his first solo show in January 1963 at the Adams-Morgan Gallery in D.C., followed by a solo Show in New York. In 1965 he was invited, along with Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing and Howard Mehring, to join the now famous exhibition at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art "The Washington Color Painters." Reviewers of the exhibition referred to the "'singing beauty' of the paintings, recalling the paper cutouts of Matisse" "THE ART OF PAUL REED: Color, Creativity, Curiosity" David Gariff

This particular work is from his oeuvre of the late 70s and 80s. "These complex works are created through a combination of painting and offset printing using opaque watercolors and inks. The resultant forms spread across the surface in a dialogue between scraped and free-flowing color. "THE ART OF PAUL REED: Color, Creativity, Curiosity" David Gariff

Estimate $700-900

Sold for $2,500.00

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