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. Chris is currently accepting commissions for paintings and exhibiting all over.
His up to date CV is viewable online.
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2019 is flying by!
It feels like 2019 just started and, with a snap of a jewelled gauntlet, half of it is gone. So much is happening that it is hard to keep everything updated. I have been steadily painting for competitions and solo shows. I am looking forward to exhibiting all over the world in 2019 to early 2020 – Poland, Mexico, India, France, and possibly more. With more travel will come plein air painting in new environments and lots of inspiration. I have many new paintings and some step by step demos to add to this site and will try and get that done soon.
As the head of the International Watercolor Society of South Africa, I am busy working to grow our organization and planning our first International Watercolor Festival in Somerset West opening September 4th, and there is a lot of work to do behind the scenes in the meantime. I have been doing more watercolor painting lately and testing out materials for a few manufacturers. The September event is going to be huge, with artists and art suppliers from all over the world attending. We will have free painting demos, a free workshop for local kids, and plein air outings. Whether you are an art lover and can make it to the Western Cape, or an artist working in watermedia who would like to participate, it is an event you won’t want to miss.
Each medium has its strengths and weaknesses and with all these recent paintings I am reminded why I love watercolor. I have been doing more watercolor painting lately and testing out materials for a few manufacturers. With all that has been going on I haven’t been able to fit in as many workshops lately. I am trying to plan for the next few months. Please email me if you have requests what workshops I teach next.
I will try and keep my plein air plans listed on the South African Plein Air Painters Facebook group. When not painting en plein air, I am often in my studio. If anyone wants to join me or just pop by to see what I am working on, I love connecting with people through art. I have been hosting semi-monthly life drawing sessions at my studio. We do notifications on a Whatsapp group, so let me know if you are interested.
I must give lots credit to my lovely wife, Kim. She is a huge help with all I do, from scheduling to photographing my artwork, to creating The Artificate newsletter. If you have not signed up for the newsletter, please do so HERE. She has also been working on video editing for posting demos to our YouTube channel. Check it out and if you have any questions or requests, don’t hesitate to ask.
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!
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Chris was selected as the stage 3 winner of the Step By Step international competition, hosted by IWS Poland. The competition requires artists to photograph their painting at 5-7 steps of the creation process and include a list of all materials used. There are 4...read more
November was a very exciting month for us as we were given the opportunity to visit China for 11 days. Chris was invited by the International Watercolor Society of China (all expenses paid), to be one of 30 to participate in the 2018 IWS Country Leaders Exhibition....read more
Some of Chris's paintings were exhibited at the George Museum as part of the South Cape Association for Visual Arts- Visual Expressions Exhibition. He won 3rd place for his painting, Old Harbor Morning.read more
Chris Awarded Best Pastel, Highly Commended Pastel, & Highly Commended Acrylic Awards At SASA Exhibition
Chris did well this year at the South African Society of Artists (SASA) 112th Annual Exhibition! This is his 3rd year as a member of the organization and he is quickly moving up in the ranks. His paintings and corresponding awards are shown below. Robberg Complements-...read more
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.read more
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.read more
- 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 31, 2019 – Watercolor Demo for SASA - Rondebosch
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Why choose Chris?
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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
Christopher is a suberb artist and teacher, I recommend him!read more
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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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.read more
Chris is an awesome artist and teacher… What he can make happen within his preferred mediums is simply amazing.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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!read more
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...read more