Reid Thorpe

Reid Thorpe

Reid’s current works are contemporary landscapes (views) from the Midwest, specifically Wisconsin and Minnesota. Reid creates images that offer a new perspective of nature’s depth and beauty. He uses color, calligraphic line and bold brushstrokes to create images of depth and beauty in his views. Reid was born and raised in the rural Wisconsin town of Platteville and grew up spending countless hours hiking, canoeing, and enjoying the outdoors of his home state. He now calls Chaska, Minnesota his home.
Reid studied Studio Art at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he received his B.F.A. He went on to receive his Art Education degree from The University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Reid taught a variety of subjects at the High School level for twelve years before pursuing his career in the Fine Arts. One can view his work in many galleries in the Twin Cities Metro area as well as in his own Studio Gallery in Historic downtown Chaska, Minnesota. His philosophy of creating art branches from a solid foundation in aesthetics, the study and exploration of beauty. He uses the elements of color and line to create tension and harmony within his work, discovering the balance of beauty and interest that each work demands. Through this process, he strives to capture the beauty and intention within each scene he paints. He finds inspiration for his work in nature, more specifically in Minnesota and Wisconsin where he spend most of his time. Through color, brush-stroke, and composition, he adds intention to each natural scene. The colors he chooses promote both contrast and harmony with the goal of evoking an emotional response. He uses “blocky” paint strokes to fragment and simplify the landscape. The odd-sized canvases Reid uses quite often create dynamic compositions and continues the theme of fragmentation. Other main features of his works include strong horizontals and verticals featuring trees, reflections, and natural settings. His current work explores the concept or feeling of nostalgia within fragmented landscapes using reflection – and the interplay between sky and water. He uses reflections of water and fragments of sky to create juxtaposition within the work. Reid exaggerates the mosaic in negative spaces in contrast with the smooth quality of water. Whether walking outdoors alone or with his family, Reid searches for these views through trees featuring colors, sky, and reflection.

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