The Box Gallery Presents


Andrew Reid: Public Art/ Private Works Exhibition

Curators: Rolando Chang Barrero and Sandra Schulman

“My first big commission was 25 years ago in Miami Beach, As a public artist, you have to accept the fact that you are kind of invisible. It is not about your brand. You are consciously working with others to achieve a group goal, which is very different from doing something personal for yourself. One should develop their communication skills to be able to ask questions, listen to answers, and learn through research. Don’t work for free and write good, truthful artist statements. Public art can be a catalyst for that change. Things can happen very quickly. It can effect and improve economic development.” -Andrew Reid

"Integral to Andrew Reid's signature style is his bold graphic approach to his monumental murals.”

-Sybille Welter, City of West Palm Beach, AIPP.

“He reminds me of an updated Diego Riviera,” says Rafael Clemente, head of the Downtown Development Authority. “and the murals he did in Rockefeller Center. Reid’s work connects with people on so many levels but I think mainly because you can see yourself in them, in the narrative. The viewer identifies with the art so strongly.”

“Andrew Reid’s  murals, paintings, and architectural designs, always shine. His concern with the aesthetic, and his evocative imagery is refreshing-it’s genius!”

-Rolando Chang Barrero, Curator of the Box Gallery


The Box Gallery presents Andrew Reid: Public Art/ Private Works Exhibition. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. and continues through May 20, 2017. 


Andrew Reid is originally from New Zealand, he went to New York in the 1980s hoping to get work with Interview Magazine and ended up doing illustration work for ad agencies. He created some beautiful album cover designs for the likes of Bryan Ferry.  In 1991 he moved to Miami Beach and plunged into the emerging artist community starting to make some local visual noise. His sophisticated, evolved style quickly caught on as he was hired to produce large scale work for the new stores and restaurants opening up in the Art Deco District. In Miami's South Beach he got the jump on the current South Florida mural craze, preceding Wynwood and WPB’s CANVAS Mural Project by a good 20 years.

With major commissions still up in various restaurants in South Beach, stores such as Banana Republic, and buildings he painted in the 1990s, the New Zealand born Reid continues to produce and propose radical new designs for public and private spaces in Florida and nationwide.




His style is influenced by the WPA murals that give an expansive narrative, as well as Thomas Hart Benton, Russian propaganda muralists, Picasso and Diego Rivera.

“Propaganda – both good and bad – started with muralists around the world,” Reid says from his studio in Miami's Little River District, surrounded by works in progress ranging from paintings to tables to wall screens. “It’s meant to tell a story with a certain point of view. I get very involved with the community when I do these murals and by the time I start there is only one truth.”

His work has expanded from murals to also include vinyl wraps, carved wood furniture, and cast fiberglass sculptures and architectural accents. He has been commissioned for public art projects across the United States, in libraries, police and fire stations, community and civic centers, and most recently eight Skyway columns in Jacksonville. 

Reid says: “Public perception for a studio artist should be irrelevant. Studio art is not to be affected by exterior or public opinion. When you’re in your studio, you are the inventor of your own vision without any exterior pressures. Public art is project driven.  Public art projects should address the needs, issues, and unique identity of each community.  Therefore it’s about interaction with the public.”

“He reminds me of an updated Diego Riviera,” says Rafael Clemente, head of the Downtown Development Authority. “and the murals he did in Rockefeller Center. Reid’s work connects with people on so many levels but I think mainly because you can see yourself in them, in the narrative. The viewer identifies with the art so strongly.”



Find out more about The Box Gallery Exhibition and programs 

Andrew Reid: Public Art and Private Works
Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 2017 | 6 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 14 to May 20, 2017

R.S.V.P. 


ALTERNATIVE PHOTO TRANSFER with Christine Ellinghausen 

May 20-21, 2017 |9-5 PM
Make modern tintypes, and transfer to a variety of substrates with YOUR own images...
Register​


Art Florida II: Abstract Works Exhibition
Opening Reception June 17, 2017 |7 PM
RSVP

Exhibition Dates: June 17-July 8, 2017
ART CALL DEADLINE : May 25, 2017 | 5PM

ART CALL