David Reed is famous for his sensuous abstract paintings containing swirling brushstrokes. The artist smoothes the surface of his paintings by sanding away layers of paint and glaze, giving each canvas a transparent glow. Reed draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including Abstract Expressionism and Baroque and Mannerist painting.
Born in San Diego, Reed attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, and the New York Studio School, and earned his BFA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Today, he lives and works in New York. His work is shown in numerous public collections, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Tel Aviv Museum, Israel.