Paul Reid: Myth Making
Paul Reid is one of the greatest figurative painters to have emerged out of Scotland in recent years, and continues to receive much deserved recognition as an important figure in Scottish contemporary art.
Once again we are invited to accompany him from preparatory sketch to finished painting, to see the evolution of the subject, to marvel at the extraordinary accomplishment of his technique and very oddness of the realisation.Through Myth Making, a hyper real world has been assembled, landscapes appropriated from locations as varied as the Pentlands and Crete and plenished with warriors and creatures as real as lucid nightmares, fulfilling their mythic destinies at the caprice of the Gods but caught in moments of contemplation before or after the dénouement of their stories.
Reid is a painter with a gift, sure, but it is what he chooses to do with the gift which singles him out. We are invited to place ourselves in his paintings where we areat once real flesh and sentient beings but with no power to influence our fate, our destinies predetermined by the whim of the gods, as perfect a paradigm for chaos theory as an artist has yet imagined.