Reid was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada in 1964 but moved with his family to the eastern edge of Ottawa where he grew up. Obsessed with drawing as a teenager he was accepted into the art program at the High School of Commerce in Ottawa where he learned the fundamentals of drawing and painting. He was then granted advanced standing into second year Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Reid spent his final year of studies at the O.C.A. campus in Florence, Italy and graduated with honours and a number of awards in 1987. Since then he has painted continuously and prolifically, first in Toronto, then in Ottawa, and for the last 13 years at his studio in Chelsea Quebec. He has exhibited in Canada, the U.S. and Italy and his work can be found in collections throughout North America and Europe. See Reid's website at www.redcanoes.caI have been painting and exhibiting for twenty years now and at this point in my career I find myself more passionate, angry and determined to express myself visually than ever before. Although I realise that in our current post-modern, cynical world a genuine and sincere approach, especially in painting, may be considered somewhat anachronistic I cannot and will not deny the fundamental, inherent drive that compels me to create and communicate visually. In my work I explore issues that concern and move me personally. But the paintings will also speak to the hopes, worries and fears in all of us as I believe that it is our personal stories that can be the most universal. Be it the unanswerable questions of faith and mortality, the ecstasy and anguish of love, the blight of urban sprawl or the dualistic Manichean style dogma of some governments and religions that prod me to look deeper for insight and understanding, inevitably I find that the hints, clues and partial answers I discover arent black and white but various subtle shades of grey. It is these grey areas that I am compelled to explore and express.
1986-87 Ontario College of Art, Florence Campus, Italy. A.O.C.A (Honours).
1984-86 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ont. Campus.
1982-84 High School of Commerce, Art Program, Ottawa, Ont.
SOLO SHOWS 2011
“Moving Narratives - récits (é)mouvants”, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Orleans, Ont.
2010 “Heavenly Bodies”, Galerie McKenzie-Marcotte, Wakefield, Qc.
2009 “Indelible Souls”, duo show with Rebecca Mason. Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2008 “Plan B”, duo show with Claire Brennan. Fritzi Gallery, Great Canadian Theatre Co. Ottawa, Ont.
2007 "Grey Truths" Art-Image. Maison de la culture de Gatineau, Gatineau QC.
2007 "Purge" La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2005Perils of Nostalgia, Galerie d'art de l'Alliance Francaise, Ottawa, Ont.
2004Erratics, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2004Marked by Fate, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2002 Millstones, Mill Building, Almonte Ont.
2002 Middle of the Road, Galerie McKenzie-Marcotte, Wakefield, Qc.
2002 Alchemy, Centre dexposition l'Imagier, Gatineau, Qc.
2000 Caution Signs, Galerie McKenzie-Marcotte, Wakefield, Qc.
1999 Fencing Memories, Sant Gallery/Restaurant, Ottawa, Ont.
1999 Wings and Bones, Casino de Hull, Hull, Qc.
1998Hopscotch , Art-Image, Maison de la Culture de Gatineau, Gatineau, Qc.
1992Galerie Rodrigue Lemay, Ottawa, Ont. 1991 Galerie Rodrigue Lemay, Ottawa, Ont.
SELECTED DUO/GROUP SHOWS
2012 “RUN!”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2012 “Undercurrents”, Fritzi Gallery, Great Canadian Theatre Co. Ottawa, Ont.
2011 “Le pARTy”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa Ont.
2011 “Natural Phenomena”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2010 “Repérage, Collection Loto-Québec”, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2010 “The Artist Project Toronto”, Queen Elizabeth Building, Toronto, Ont.
2010 “re-fresh”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2009 “Back Burner”, in conjunction with Yann Martel book launch, Patrick Gordon Framing, Ottawa, Ont.
2009 “Recent Additions to the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection”. City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa Ont.
2009 “Stimulus”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2009 “Project Hope”, Galerie Dentaire, Montreal Qc.
2008 “An Artistic Exploration of the Human Form”, Tay River Gallery, Perth, Ont.
2007 “The Pig”, Centre d’exposition l'Imagier, Gatineau, Qc.
2006 “New Acquisitions to the City of Ottawa's Art Collection”, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2007 "Duo Show", Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2006Kindred, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2005 Mayors Art Festival, Ottawa City Hall, Ottawa, Ont.
1993-2005 Artists in their Environment Studio Tour, Chelsea, Qc.
2005 Abstractions, Ottawa Art Gallery Rentals and Sales, Ottawa, Ont.
2005 Metamorphose, Centre dexposition l'Imagier, Gatineau, Qc.
2005The Art of Golf, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2005LExpo-vente Loto-Qubec: les artistes de lOuest, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2003-05Erotic Chelsea, Joineryco Gallery, Chelsea, Qc.
2003 Contemporary Ottawa, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ont.
2003The Goat, Centre dexposition l'Imagier, Gatineau, Qc.
2003Through the Looking Glass, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2003Between the Two My Heart Swings, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2003Progressions, Ottawa Art Gallery Rentals and Sales, Ottawa, Ont.
2003 900 Trees, Joineryco Gallery, Chelsea, Qc.
2003Art for Water, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ont.
2002 Fusion: La lubie du ludique, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2002 Romance, Heartwood Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2001 Dining with Miss Mary, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2000 Out of the Blue, McDonald-Cartier International Airport, Ottawa, Ont.2000 Life Lines duo show, Be Your Own Vintner, Ottawa, Ont.
1994-98Elmwood Art Fair, Ottawa, Ont.
1998Guest Artist, Two Rivers Studio Tour, Burnstown, Ont.
1997 Galerie Christin, Toronto, Ont.
1997New Work, duo show, Galerie Old Chelsea, Old Chelsea, Qc.
1996 Departures, Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Ottawa.
1996 WaterCan TV Art Auction, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa.
1994 Tartan Pony Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1991 Evergreen, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ont.
1990 Aviva Art Show, Toronto, Ont.AWARDS/GRANTS19901st Prize, Aviva Art Show, Toronto.
1987 Faculty Purchase Award (O.C.A.).
1986Elizabeth Greenshields Bursary.
1986Talens Scholarship (O.C.A.).1986 Elizabeth Dales Memorial Scholarship (O.C.A.).
1984 Charles W. Mitchell Award (H.S.C.).
SELECTED PUBLIC/CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
City of Ottawa
Avestin Inc. Ottawa, Ont.
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Revenue, Oshawa, Ont.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, Ottawa, Ont.
Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Montreal, Qc.
High School of Commerce, Ottawa, Ont.
ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS2006 01 25The Low Down to Hull and Back News, Reid McLachlan Mirroring the human soul by Catherine Joyce.2006 01 07The Ottawa Citizen, Kindred Spirits by Paul Gessell2005 05 14 Le Droit, De la fatalit chez Reid McLachlan by Claude Bouchard.2004 12 04Le Droit, Errances humaine by Claude Bouchard.2004 08 05The Ottawa Citizen, Canvassing the city, We search the region for favoured artists by Paul Gessell2004 02 12Voir, Last Call by Suzanne Richard.2004 01 23The West Quebec Post, Reid McLachlan: Is it the artist, the art or us? by Fred Ryan.2004 01 22The Ottawa Citizen, Revealing an artists dark side by Paul Gessell.2004 01 17Le Droit, Histoire urbaine et inexorable destin by Claude Bouchard.2003 08 06CHUO FM, Click Here with Mitchell Caplan.2003 07 02Low Down to Hull and Back News. Industry, decay and gods of Chelseas McLachlan by Katherine Sandford. 2003 06 28 Le Droit, Lanne de la chvre by Claude Bouchard.2002 01 18 West-Quebec Post, Chelsea Artist Depicts the Alchemy of Metals by Lisa Joannis.2000 09 CHRO TV Evening News.1999 10CJOH TV Noon News with Lianne Cusack.1999 06 WHERE Ottawa-Hull, What's On Right Now by Melanie Scott.1999 04 29 The Ottawa Citizen, Outaouais artist's work rich in symbolism by Paul Gessell.1999 02 13 CJOH TV, Regional Contact with Kathie Donovan.1998 11 27Rogers Cable, Day Time with Dan Mooney.1998 09 28The Ottawa Citizen, Tour the Colours by Christopher Guly.1998 09 13CBC Radio, Artscape with Sandra Abma.1998 02 05Low Down to Hull and Back News, A View of Art by Adrienne Heron.1997 05 29Ottawa Xpress, Communication through Hopscotch by Andrea Smith.1997 05 24The Ottawa Citizen, All (that talent) in the Family by Paul Gessell.1996 09 19Ottawa Xpress, Out of the galleries, into the studios by Andrea Smith.1995 09 24CBC Radio, Artscape with Marguerite McDonald.,