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Phoenix, 1975. Signed "© Paul Reed 1975" lower right; titled and dated "12 27 75 3" lower left.

Untitled, 1976. Signed "© Paul Reed 1976" lower right; dated "3 8 76 2" lower left.

Both pieces are framed and matted. Each work measures 24.25 x 18.25 inches (61.6 x 46.4 cm). Silver metal frame with art floating over ecru matting. The pieces are in excellent condition.

Paul Reed (b. 1919, Washington, D.C.) is best known for being an integral member of a group of artists living and working in Washington, D.C. known as the Washington Color School. The informal grouping of artists got their name in 1965 when they showed their work in a group exhibition entitled “Washington Color Painters.” Other than Reed, the exhibition featured work by Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Morris Louis, Howard Mehring and Kenneth Noland, all of whom were living and working in Washington, D.C. and experimenting with abstract painting to create invigorating and inspired work. These artists were pioneers of abstraction whose passions for exploring new forms, materials and color mixtures illuminated their works, which continue to captivate viewers today.

After his departure from creating Abstract Expressionist-leaning works around 1959, Reed’s primary focus shifted to experimenting with different media and techniques. He began staining his canvases using water-based acrylics, producing gouache paintings on plexiglass and transferring them to paper, and even produced metallic sculptures and photocollages.

Reed’s works can be seen in prestigious collections nationwide, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the High Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

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Provenance:
  • Estate of Stephen W. Hartwell, Mt. Vernon, VA.
  • Pickup Location: DC, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 24.25 x 18.25 in. (61.6 x 46.36 cm.)
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