The works of the American abstract painter David Reed (*1946 in San Diego, CA, US) are characterized by powerful gestural movements that move across the format like loops or ribbons and are broken up by seemingly randomly arranged color fields. Influenced by Abstract Expressionism on the one hand and the works of Minimalism and Postminimalism on the other, Reed developed his very own pictorial language from 1971 onwards, in which traditional painting techniques are combined with the use of laser-cut stencils produced by means of digital image processing. The various layers of paint in his works are gradually layered on top of each other like foils and polished smooth when dry. As a result, the creative phases of his paintings are often linked to a long and complex technical process, which usually takes several years and is documented by Reed simultaneously in the form of sketches.


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