Laurie Reid, ‘Every Tree is the Tree of Life XI ’, 2012, Morgan Lehman Gallery

About Laurie Reid

Marrying control and accident, calculation and intuition, Laurie Reid holds opposites together in exquisite tension in her minimalist, abstract paintings. She is particularly known for her conceptual approach to watercolor, exploring its range from opacity to translucency, and using its delicacy to reveal the process by which an image comes into being. Many of her works appear unfinished—her canvases are loosely stretched; the edges of her paper curl; her brushstrokes seem poised on the edge of resolution. Such qualities highlight the act of painting itself, which Reid sees as an interaction between the artist and the world: “I see painting as a place where water, atmosphere, gravity, paper and pigments intersect and interact with each other and the artist in a way that…manifests some of the singular properties and the simple mysteries of the world we live in.”

American, b. 1964, Minneapolis, Minnesota