William James Reed

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About William James Reed

William James Reed (Bill) (1908 - 1996) was a Christchurch born artist who attended Canterbury School of Art with Rita Angus with tutors Archibald Nicoll & John Weeks. On leaving school he worked at Whitcombe & Tombs as a commercial artist alongside Russell Clark, they were lifelong friends - Reed later became best man at Russell Clark's wedding.

Reed served with the Army Medical Corps in the Pacific from 1942-1944, becoming an unofficial war artist. On returning home he was offered a position at the Dunedin School of Art where he taught for almost 30 years. Known as a gifted tutor and artist his pupils included Stanley Palmer and Ralph Hotere.

Reed's work embraced a modernist perspective. He acknowledged the influence of British artist Paul Nash. Reed was 'ahead of his time' - he was the first of his countrymen to look at the Pacific as an area of environmental inspiration.

Represented: Auckland Art Gallery, Aigantighe Gallery, Hocken Library, Christhcurch Art Gallery, Rotorua Museum, Te Papa, Waikato Museum.

International Art Centre represents the estate of William James Reed. Please contact us for available works.

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