Abigail Reed’s large scale oil paintings portray animals poised in their ultimate state, standing like statues they demand your attention.
The paint has been allowed to flow, nothing is fixed. Dripping and cracking revealing its accidental, volatile nature. She has to work fast to capture the form. This exposes not only the beautiful medium of oil paints and inks but engages us to look further at the subject. Look through under the layers and unveiled is something more than just an exterior. Strong but fragile these animals reveal the vulnerability of life, the primal instinct of survival.
An animal can appear small or fragile but on closer inspection hold immense power and resistence, mightier than all.
She sees them as representatives of “the Other”, something non-human which puts us in our place, stills our anxieties, reminds us that the world does not solely revolve around the human race.
Abigail mainly works in monochrome. This helps the images to stand out, stand stark in a colourful environment. They are neither exact representations nor abstractions, they come inbetween in a world of their own.
‘…. To be made to feel small is, to be sure, a painful daily reality of the human playground. But to be made to feel small by something beautiful, noble, accomplished,……is to have wisdom presented to us along with a measure of delight.’
(Alain de Botton, A Point of View: In praise of the zoo)
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2001-2004, The University Of Wales Institute of Cardiff, BA Hons Fine Art
2000-2001, The City Of Bath College, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
2010 Knifesmith Gallery, Bristol
2012 Old Beliefs, Antlers Gallery, Stroud
2012 Other Nature, Antlers Gallery, London
2011 The Folk House, Bristol
2011 Inside-Out, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2010 Art Box, Park Street, Bristol
2010 The Picture House, Smithson Gallery, Bristol
2010 The Play Of Light And Dark, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
2007 - 2010, Jamaica Street Open Studios, Bristol
2009 Sidcot Arts centre 'Drawn In', Sidcot
2009 Jamaica Street Artist's Auction, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
2004 - 2007, Bath Society Of Artists Annual Show, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
2006 Bristol Art Show 2006, Centre Space Gallery, Bristol
2004 Arts For Youth Wales, City Hall, Cardiff
2003 The Hans Brinker Hotel Exhibition, Amsterdam
2003 Periphery, G39 Gallery, Cardiff
2002 Group Show, Cardiff University Hall, Cardiff
2011 AAF Hampstead, London with Sarah Wiseman Gallery,
2011 AAF Bristol, Smithson Gallery
2010 Edinburgh Art Fair, Smithson Gallery
2006 Art Fair, Pall Mall, London
2006 Penmans Dulwich Art Fair, London
2004, Eversheds Purchase Prize
2003, Dulcie Mayne Stephens Travel Bursary
2004, Lead Artist at The Big Draw Workshop, Bay Art, Cardiff
2004, Lead Artist at The Jerwood Drawing Prize Workshop, Bay Art, Cardiff