The US artist's surreal, mixed-media works are blurring the boundaries between illustration and fine art
AUGUST 25, 2015
TEXT Liv Siddall
Who? Artificial flies, silk flowers, shells and feathers are just some of the materials used by Texas-born artist Alan Reid, one of the artists featured in an upcoming show at Glasgow’s Mary Mary Gallery this September. Alan’s works are portraits of models created using a powder-room palette of pastel shades that make up surreal, enticing mixed media images. Alan now lives and works in New York with his girlfriend Jenny. It’s her magazines left lying about the house that inspire him to immortalise them in his work. “My home and studio are in the same building, so she goes to work and I stay behind animating the domestic shell,” Alan says. “I prefer foreign magazines, so the message gets befuddled in my misapprehension.” Alan’s work — revered by the illustration world as much as it is the fine art — has featured in the luscious Phaidon Vitamin D book, and is soon to be collected in a solo publication.