Paul Reid Harkens Back to Rembrandt and Caravaggio

Paul Reid (born 1975) is a Scottish painter who works in a figurative style. He was chosen by New Statesman as one of the Best of Young British under the age of 35, in 2002. Critics have noted that his work tends to reject contemporary art's values, and instead harkens back to old masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio.

By Balthazar Malevolent

Paul Reid Harkens Back to Rembrandt and Caravaggio

Paul Reid's classical compositions have been attracting acclaim since his degree show at Dundee College of Art. He is well known to The Scottish Gallery and he continues to mine the potent imagery of the Greek Myths as preserved in Ovid. The brutality and amorality of the original texts are respected and the artist resists adding new symbols for a modern interpretation. Instead, we are invited to make our own, personal conclusions in witness of the hubris and nemesis, clash of cultures and wild and civilizing influences still at play in our 21st Century lives.

(The Scottish Gallery)

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