Arts Brampton fondly remembers Jack Reid, an honourary member
of the group, and for many years a Brampton-resident. In a career
spanning over six decades, Jack became a very recognizable figure
in Canada's art world, a favourite watercolourist for many.
A member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC),
Jack may best be remembered for his love of sharing his passion.
Locally, across the country, and abroad, in the pages of books
and magazines, and on television, Jack Reid taught watercolour
to countless thousands. At one point, he tallied over 11,000 students
His passion for the renowned techniques he teaches was known
to be infectious and invigorating.
Jack Reid started out as a graphic artist, and with no formal
training, plunged full-time into a new career of painting. Knowing
only what he taught himself, Jack painted what he felt, to great
success. Along with numerous homes, galleries, and corporate collections,
his work is part of the collection of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal by the federal
Government for his contribution to Canadian Art and was honoured
to be Arts Person of the Year in Brampton. He has exhibited in
London, England with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours;
he was a life-time member of Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
and CSPWC. Jack was Visual Arts Bramptons first invitational
exhibit, at Artway Shoppers World; running
from January 7th to 28th, 2005, Jack Reid
and Friends also featured four of his favourite students.
Jack authored three books, Watercolour Basics: Lets
Get Started (1998), Painting Snow and Water (2000),
and Watercolour for the Fun of It: Easy Landscapes (2004),
and had an instructional CD-ROM. A mini-series of painting demos,
Watercolour My Way, was broadcast on Rogers TV, and released
on home video. Jack was featured in Watercolor Magic magazine
Where to purchase his work
As far as Visual Arts Brampton knows, the only galleries that
represented Jack as of 2008 were:
At one point Mayberry Fine Art (Winnipeg, Manitoba) sold his
work, but they do not list him on their website currently. As
for reproductions, we're not terribly sure which