International Artist Christopher Reid

was born in South Africa, but moved to the US at an early age. He studied fine art at The Savannah College Of Art And Design and UNC-Wilmington. He trained in all media, but currently favors pastel, acrylic, watercolor, and charcoal. You will see in his portfolio that he enjoys painting all kinds of subjects and his style varies based on his mood at the time and the subject. He has work in private collections all over the world. Reid is currently accepting commissions for paintings and exhibiting in various locations throughout South Africa.
Chris’s up to date CV is now viewable online.

To commission your own painting, contact chris@reidsart.com or click on the tabs above if interested in purchasing an original artwork or print reproduction. Come and join me online by clicking on the social media buttons below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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2018 has been an eventful year!

So many updates and so little time to share them online! I am on a train in China as I type this! We are on our way from Zhuji to Shanghai. Below are images from the Universal Watercolor summit, where I joined other leaders from around the world in doing painting demos. I chose 3 locals from the crowd and painted their portraits.

At a park in Zhuji I painted en plein air with a crowd of onlookers. Kim and I have really enjoyed China and made a lot of new friends. We have 4 days in Shanghai left and hope to do much more painting. More details and photos will be in our semi-monthly newsletter, The Artificate. You can sign up here.

I received word this weekend that my painting, “Swirl” has been selected as a finalist for the 7th Pastel Biennial in Poland. I will post more details soon.

It is exciting to be doing a lot more traveling and experiencing very different cultures. With so many events, I have not yet planned my workshop schedule for 2019. If you are interested in hearing about upcoming workshops, please check back soon or email info@reidsart.com to be put on the workshop mailing list.

As the head of the International Watercolor Society of South Africa, I am busy working to grow our organization and planning the next national exhibition, for Somerset West at Lourensford Wine Estate and I will be there to open the exhibit on March 2nd at 5:00pm. I will also be doing a demo and painting en plein air. We will have our first International Watercolor Festival in Constantia opening September 4th, and there is a lot of work to do behind the scenes in the meantime.

I will try and keep my plein air plans listed on the South African Plein Air Painters Facebook group. If anyone wants to join me or just pop by to see what I am working on, I love connecting with people through art.

-Chris

“Swirl”

50x70cm pastel on panel

selected as a finalist for the 7th Pastel Biennial from among 828 paintings from 335 artists in 34 countries worldwide. Fingers crossed for one of the top awards!

News

“A Thread Runs Through It” Fynarts Festival

“A Thread Runs Through It” Fynarts Festival

Fantastic opening for, "A Thread Runs Through It" at this year's FynArts Festival in Hermanus! Painters and fibre artists were paired to create pieces that interrelated and complemented each other through commonalities such as color schemes, themes and form. Artist...

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Landscape Painting Retreat- Stanford Valley Guest Farm

Landscape Painting Retreat- Stanford Valley Guest Farm

May 13th marked the end of an intense 3 day landscape painting retreat ReidsArt held Stanford Valley Guest Farm! The students worked diligently, and saw major improvements in their landscape paintings under Chris's tutelage. Special thanks to the venue for allowing us...

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Chardonnay Deli Exhibition- May 1- 31

Chardonnay Deli Exhibition- May 1- 31

Chris's month long exhibition at Chardonnay Deli in Constantia got lots of compliments! We love the relaxed vibe there, and were happy to decorate one of their dining rooms with some of Chris's paintings. "A Bunch Of Grapes" was the unanimous favourite by the staff....

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Vergenoegd Wine Estate Plein Air Outing With Urban Sketchers

Vergenoegd Wine Estate Plein Air Outing With Urban Sketchers

Chris met with the Stellenbosch Urban Sketchers today for some plein air painting. One of the highlights of the morning was the duck parade, which consists of vineyard staff parading 1400 ducks through the estate. The ducks are an integral part of keeping the vineyard...

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Noordhoek Plein Air Festival And Auction Huge Success!

Noordhoek Plein Air Festival And Auction Huge Success!

There were somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 bidders and artists who participated in the Noordhoek Plein Air Festival Saturday, April 7th! The auction was a huge success with part of the proceeds going to crime prevention initiatives for the Noordhoek area. Special...

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“En Plein Air” Solo Exhibition- The Cape Gallery

“En Plein Air” Solo Exhibition- The Cape Gallery

Great turnout for opening night at The Cape Gallery on April 5th for my solo exhibition, "En Plein Air". Come take a look if you are in the area- the artwork will be up until April 28th. Special thanks to the whole team at  The Cape Gallery for doing such a wonderful...

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Recent Awards

Best In Category – Watercolor

Best In Category – Watercolor

Christopher Reid's Painting, "Stone Lantern" was awarded Best In Category for Watercolours at the Western Cape Art Society's 2018 annual Merit & Little Gems exhibition. The Exhibition was held at Bright Street Gallery in Somerset West, South Africa.

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Best In Category – Acrylic

Best In Category – Acrylic

Christopher Reid's painting "A Bunch Of Variety" won Best In Category for Acrylic at the 2018 Western Cape Art Society's annual Merit & Little Gems exhibition. The exhibition was held at Bright Street Gallery in Somerset West, South Africa.

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1st Place SAA March Challenge

1st Place SAA March Challenge

Christopher Reid has won the SAA March 2018 Challenge. The theme was "Coastal Textures" in this competition from the UK. About Chris's winning painting, Judge Kathie Jenkins said, "Wave 78 Excellent observation of wave action and colour. The paint has been kept clean...

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2nd Place CAS Competition

2nd Place CAS Competition

Christopher Reid wins 2nd place in CAS Founder's Trophy Competition Constantiaberg Art Society held their annual Founder's Trophy Competition November 28th 2017 at the Alphen Centre in Constantiaberg. The event pairs a end-of-year social gathering with a...

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Why choose Chris?

Sonica O. (Johannesburg, South Africa)

If you ever have the opportunity to attend a workshop or art class with Christopher, grab the opportunity. I have done two workshops with Christopher. He is open and shares his knowledge/information freely. I find he is a book of knowledge and would still attend his...

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Tracy S. (Kleinmond, South Africa)

Chris is a talented artist, who conducts his workshops professionally. We’ve had him in our studio for a 2 day workshop, and look forward to hosting many more in the future.

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Ruben Du P. (Cape Town, South Africa)

After attending one of Christopher's workshops, it left me very inspired to explore a new medium of soft pastel. Chris's workshop was very informative and he has an extensive knowledge and a way of teaching. I would encourage anyone who has not attended a workshop to...

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Sonja F. (Durbanville, South Africa)

I did a pastel workshop with Christopher at Creative Arts Atelier. He is very knowledgeable and thorough. His relaxed style of teaching, individual attention made for a pleasant creative learning experience. I would recommend his workshops as time and money will...

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Ann G. (Kleinmond, South Africa)

I learned a lot on the 2day course. Some myths & rules we had been taught for years went out of the window. A very liberating experience. Above all I will test what I am told is the correct way to mix colour, compose a painting & what paints to buy. Thx Chris...

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Jenny D. (Hermanus, South Africa)

Christopher has a wealth of information and generously shares his experience with his students. His ability to capture his subject is wonderful to watch. I have learnt more painting with Chris than I have in the five years I have been painting.

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K. Jean W. (Newark, DE, USA)

Chris did two portraits from photographs for me.  They are excellent representations of the photos and the people in them.   He was able to catch the essence of their personality from the photo.  My grandson’s blue eyes shine in the portrait just as they do in real...

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Pam M. (Spring, TX, USA)

We have several of Christopher Reid’s works of art hanging in our home(s).  Not only have we purchased already completed pieces, but we have also commissioned him to do work for us. We have been extremely pleased with his finished products. He has the ability to...

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Kim B. (Ogden, NC, USA)

Chris’ art speaks for itself. His work has mass appeal and yet is anything but common. His years of dedication and love of his profession show in every piece that he produces.

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Charlie B. (Atlanta, GA, USA)

In the fall of 2014 I met Chris Reid at a social function at my cousin’s home. He had painted a portrait of my cousin’s beloved Lab who had recently died. At her request, he brought some of his paintings to show the guests and I fell in love with a water color of a...

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Fern B. (Wilmington, NC, USA)

I feel fortunate to have discovered Christopher Reid’s artwork during a local Plein Air Art show a couple of years ago, before his meteoric rise and successes in our regional art scene. Particularly captivating to me are Chris’s depictions of water in all of its...

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Judie D. (Greenville, SC, USA)

I was so pleased to be able to take art classes from Christopher this past summer. He is such a fabulous artist as well as a great teacher. I feel like I learned so much under his watchful and talented eye and I miss our class time tremendously!

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Sean A. (Raleigh, NC, USA)

There’s something to be said for spending at least 10,000 hours on your craft. Chris surpassed that milestone long ago. I know a few good artists, and even fewer great ones. He is one of the greats. Chris’ ability to translate the world around us into a 2-dimensional...

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