Ben Reid is a highly regarded and well known New Zealand artist , producing recognisable, hand crafted imagery that commentates on historical conservation issues. Often these are visually represented by combining soft, nostalgic pattern (nodding at exotic, introduced pest/predator species) vs graphic imagery depicting our native animals. The beauty and labour of print making is certainly not lost on me as a major fan of Ben's work. From the conceptual drawings, the development and carving of (often multiple!) plates, to the layering of imagery under pressure in a hand powered press all to achieve a single, enchanting result. To own an edition is to own an individually produced original version.
I am thrilled to present this evocative print; "Run for the Hills" by Ben Reid as part of"The Moon, The Sea... and Me"rolling exhibition. We are lucky to have just 4 of the edition of 8 share with our Studio Home Art audience and have this piece available to be viewed by appointment in Christchurch.
Based in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand, Ben Reid is an artist producing both original print and mixed-media works.
Ben combines specific references to local environmental histories with a wider appreciation for the conservation movement. They provide gentle reminders of the fragile nature of New Zealand’s environment.
Ben graduated in 2005 with a degree in Visual Art, from the Christchurch Polytechnic School of Art and Design, now Ara. He majored in printmaking and went on to work for three years as an assistant to master printmaker, Marian Maguire.
His work can be viewed on this site in his Hanmer Springs studio or in a selection of galleries within New Zealand or by private arrangement.