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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The first half of 2018 is almost over!

Winter is almost here and that means a transition to less plein air painting, more studio painting, workshop teaching, and planning. Here in the Western Cape winter is the rainy season and the fynbos vegetation greens as proteas and other flowers burst into bloom. After a very dry summer, we are grateful for any rain we get, even if it means less hours painting outdoors. I have been finishing up paintings for upcoming competitions in the studio, but I can’t post photos of them online until afterwards.

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.

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.

-Chris

Below are some of Chris’s recent paintings!

News

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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Christopher Reid Takes Over As IWSSA Head

Christopher Reid Takes Over As IWSSA Head

Christopher Reid is now the head of the International Watercolor Society South Africa (IWSSA). Chris joined the IWSSA in 2017 and was asked to be the co-chair with former head, Cheryl Curnick. Chris recently organized the 2018 IWSSA National Watermedia Exhibition in...

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Pastel Workshop- Creative Arts Atelier

Pastel Workshop- Creative Arts Atelier

Thanks to Creative Arts Atelier in Durbanville for hosting a pastel workshop! I've hopefully given the students a good start and gotten them inspired to keep going with it on their own. Looking forward to returning to this venue in the...

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IWSSA National Watermedia Exhibition Draws Crowds

IWSSA National Watermedia Exhibition Draws Crowds

The International Watercolor Society South Africa held its first National Watermedia Exhibition on March 9-22 2018 at Artem Gallery in Sea Point, Cape Town. The juried exhibit featured 115 artworks by 63 top artists from across South Africa. This was the first major...

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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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South African Portrait Society Competition

South African Portrait Society Competition

Christopher Reid's acrylic painting, "Kissed By Firelight", won 3rd place in the South African Portrait Society's online competition. The theme this year was "Fashion Portrait". Artists from across South Africa entered portraits in any medium. Judges Margaret Gradwell...

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Workshops

Check back often to see more events and art workshops by artist Christopher Reid.

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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 for the...

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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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