Ben Reid

Ben Reid is a mixed media artist and printmaker whose interest lies in the fragile relationship that New Zealanders have with the natural environment.

The subject of Reid’s work have encompassed hunting trophies, Victorian wallpaper patterns, native flora and fauna, exotic predators, Butcher shop signs, rabbits, three ducks up the wall, wild deer, a lighthouse keeper’s cat and birds such as the endangered Brown Teal and the extinct Steads Bush Wren. Reid brings together a myriad of references that draw attention to the complexity of a relationship with the natural world that has been both exploitative and beneficial to humanity. Reid recognises there are no easy solutions yet his images retain a faith in the redemption of this relationship with nature. 

Reid graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic with a Visual Arts Degree in 2005 and has assisted master printmaker Marian Maguire at PaperGraphica. He exhibits on a regular bases throughout New Zealand, and his work held in both public and private collections nationally and internationally.

 

 

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Title: Tumu
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