Michael Reid originally trained in graphic design and worked as a professional designer for many years with leading London design agencies and national magazines. He came to fine art, and printmaking specifically, at a later stage in his career.
His printmaking output very much reflects this graphics background. Recently he has adopted a particular printmaking technique called sugar-lift aquatint etching, which uniquely creates impressionistic textures close to painting. He often combines in a single image both this technique and the flat surface areas provided by the linocut or woodcut.
His subject-matter primarily features semi-abstract landscapes and unique interpretations of London and other urban landmarks.
His graphic design work featured in national design exhibitions and he also produced a series of posters as part of the renowned London Transport poster series, for which he was awarded an international award. He l also sculpts, primarily starting with clay, but also occasionally using copper and pewter.
Michael’s prints have featured at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Mall Gallery shows, Open Studio events, in private collections, and numerous outside exhibitions with Greenwich Printmakers, such as Affordable Art Fairs, the G.F. Watts Contemporary Gallery, and the Barbican Gallery.
In common with his graphics work, innovative ideas are at the heart of his printmaking. The idea comes first and is then interpreted in appropriate treatments.