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..... Born in Ottawa in 1947, Leslie Reid received her B.A. at Queen’s University, after which she moved to England and studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Chelsea College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She exhibited in the landmark exhibition Some Canadian Women Artists held at the National Gallery of Canada in celebration of the first International Women’s Year, and she also represented Canada at the Paris Biennale. Major solo exhibitions have been held at Canada House Gallery, London, the Centre culturel canadien, Paris, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, and the Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. A survey of 15 years of work, curated by Anna Babinska at the Ottawa Art Gallery, toured in California and Georgia. A retrospective exhibition, curated by Diana Nemiroff, at the Carleton University Art Gallery in the fall of 2011, featured works from 1975 to the present.

..... Leslie Reid has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, of which she has been a member since 1978. She was artist-in-residence at the École nationale de la photographie in France and at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Recently she participated in the Canadian Forces Artists Program, travelling with military throughout Northern Canada and the High Arctic. Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Glenbow Museum, amongst others.

..... Leslie Reid is Professor Emerita in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa.

Artist Statement

..... Throughout my practice, I have been engaged in a very personal exploration of our tenuous perception of ourselves in relation to both our sensory and our emotional place in the world, particularly through research into liminal states in painting. The work, in painting, print, photography, and recently in video, explores the physicality of our experience, especially the perceptual limits of light and space, seeking to engage, through the ambiguities experienced in this uncertain visual field, both a thought-provoking and a deeply resonant emotional response to this act of seeing, and ultimately to being.

..... The imagery is derived from photographs, sometimes erased in the final work, sometimes revealed. The experience of the photographic image – the response to the subject, the reading of it, and its formal aspects – are intrinsic to the painting. The photograph remains in references to photographic memory, light and dark patterning, tonality and depth of field.

..... Earlier works looked at the Canadian landscape, in particular Calumet Island, home of my maternal grandmother and of childhood summers, and of the Pontiac and Gatineau regions. These works explored the land in its emptied isolation and in the traces of our passage there. Later, I realized that I was editing out the most critical focus of my life, motherhood; the photographs of rivers and fields from which the paintings were derived now contained my children. I chose to explore this seminal shift in imagery, and the intense ambiguities I found there, through a more critical feminist engagement based in theories of maternal ambivalence. For an extended period, the psychological reality of my lived experience of relationship has been the focus of the work, and in texts and presentations as well; it is the ongoing examination of the personal in the world.

..... In all, in lives of fragility, hope and longing, the images are about the poignancy of standing the moment.



1976-77 Slade School of Art, University of London
1970-71 Chelsea School of Art, H.Dip.A London, England
1968-70 Byam Shaw School of Art, L.C.A.D., London, England
1964-68 Queen's University, B.A., Kingston


2022 (upcoming) Dark Ice, collaborative with Robert Kautuk, Ottawa Art Gallery. Curator Rebecca Basciano. 2017 Mapping the North, Galerie St-Laurent+Hill, Ottawa.
2016 Mapping a Cold War, Founders' Gallery at The Military Museums, Calgary.
2015 Glacial, Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal.
2013 The Cape Pine Series, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa.
2013 Nuit Blanche, Video projection, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa.
2011 Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision, retrospective exhibition Carleton University Art Gallery,
        Ottawa. Curated by Diana Nemiroff
2011, 2006, 2003, 1998 Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa.
1996 Surfacing, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
1996, 1993 Galerie l'Autre Équivoque, Ottawa.
1994-1990 Landscape into Light: Leslie Reid Paintings and Prints 1974-1990,
        1994 Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario;
        1992 Fine Arts Center, Augusta College, Augusta, Georgia;
        1991 Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California;
        1991 Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz;
        1991 Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis;
        1990 Ottawa Art Gallery.
1984, 1981, 1978 Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto.
1984 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston.
1982 Galerie Jolliet, Montreal.
1980 Centre culturel canadien, Paris.
1980 Canada House, London, England.
1978, 1976 Gallery Graphics, Ottawa.
1973 Gallery Zella 9, London, England.


2021 Open Channels C3, virtual exhibition at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
2020 Painting Nature Through a Mirror, Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal. Curator Marc Lanctôt.
2019 Open Channels, Artists from the Canada C3 Expedition, Âjagemô Gallery, Canada Council for
        the Arts, Ottawa. Curator Melissa Rombout.
2019 Le voile de l'illusion, Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montréal. Curator Jean-Michel Quirion.
2018-19 Kaleidoscope, Recent acquisitions, Ottawa City Hall Gallery.
2018 Àdisòkàmagan/Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes/We'll All Become Stories, Ottawa Art Gallery.
2017 After Toronto Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal.
2017 Open Edition, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
2017 Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal.
2016 Art Toronto, Galerie Laroche/Joncas at the Toronto Art Fair.
2016 Love Letters to Artscourt, Ottawa Art Gallery.
2016 Papier, Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Papier Art Fair, Montreal.
2015-16 Group 6: The Canadian Forces Artists Program, 2012-2013, Diefenbunker, Canada's
        Cold War Museum, Carp ON.
2015 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition Part II, Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal.
2015 Big Bang, SAW Gallery, Ottawa.
2015 Ontario at Âjagemô, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa.
2013 The Heart of the Matter, Ottawa Art Gallery.
2012-13 Builders: The Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
2012, 2011, 2010 400 Women, Amsterdam, Shoreditch Town Gallery, London, Edinburgh
        Festival, UK.
2012 An Embarrassment of Riches: the Collection in Focus, Carleton University Art Gallery,
2012 Big, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa.
2012 Landscapes/Paysages, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal.
2011 Place and Circumstance, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa.
2006 Heteropias, Ottawa Art Gallery.
2005 Going Public, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
2003 The Bigger Picture, Ottawa Art Gallery.
2002 That 70s Show, Gallery One One One, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
2001 Recent Acquisitions, Ottawa Art Gallery.
2000 La Cathédrale engloutie, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal; ARTS 2000 RCA, Gallery
1999 Les Peintures, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal.
1997 Virtue and Vulgarity, University of Reading, U.K.
1997, 1996 Fertile Ground, Centennial Galleries, Oakville; Agnes Etherington Art Centre,
1994 The Contemplative Landscape, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa.
        Contemporary Practice, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
        Recent Acquitions, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ottawa.
1993 New Landscapes: Jacob Collins, Stephen Hannock, Leslie Reid, Gallery One, Toronto.
1992 Picture a Place, Ottawa Art Gallery.
1990 Twelve Ottawa Painters, Ottawa Art Gallery.
1986 Ottawa/The Hague - Artoteek, The Hague, Netherlands.
1984 Reflections, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa;
        Remy Martin National Juried Exhibition, Toronto;
        The Modern Landscape, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto.
1982 Canadian Horizons, Works from the Art Bank, Alaska (touring);
        Four Artists: Alleyn, Nolte, Reid, Rousseau, SAW Gallery, Ottawa;
        Printmakers '82 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
1981 Works from the Art Bank, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto;
        Recreating the Landscape, Sarnia Gallery.
1980 8th International Print Biennale, Cracow, Poland;
        International Impact Art Festival, Kyoto, Japan.
1979 XIe Festival international de la Peinture, Cagnes s/Mer, France;
        Selected Aspects of Canadian Printmaking, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto (touring).
1978 Canadian Contemporary Prints, National Gallery of Canada;
        7th International Print Biennale, Cracow, Poland.
1977 10e Biennale de Paris, France;
        Tendances Actuelles, Centre culturel canadien, Paris;
        12th International Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia;
        03 23 03, Galerie B, Montreal, and National Gallery of Canada;
        Three Artists, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto;
        9th Burnaby Print Biennial, B.C.
1976 Some Canadian Women Artists, National Gallery of Canada;
        Spectrum Canada, Montreal.
1974 Canadian Printmakers at Marlborough Graphics, New York;
        Printed Matter, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, Purchase Prize;
        Canadian Contemporary Graphics, Winnipeg Art Gallery - Purchase Prize.
1974, 1973, 1972 Canadian Printmakers' Showcase, Carleton University, Ottawa.
1973 Young Generation, Norrkopings Museum, Sweden (British Arts Council);
        7th Burnaby Print Biennial, B.C.
1971 Platform '71, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England.


National Gallery of Canada
Global Affairs Canada
Canada Council Art Bank
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Algonquin College
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Ontario
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
City of Ottawa
Confederation Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown
Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal
Ottawa Art Gallery
Owens Art Gallery, Sackville
Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
The Rooms, Memorial University Collection, St.John's
University of Manitoba
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Bank of Montreal
Senvest Collection
Manulife Financial
Ottawa Congress Centre
Via Rail


The Good Lands: Canada Through the Eyes of Artists, Dr. Victoria Dickenson et al., p. 144,
        Figure 1 Publishing, 2017.
Canadian Art On-Line, Leah Sandals, Apr 26, 2018.
Galleries West, print edition: Paul Gessell, "Mapping the North”, cover, pp. 34-37,
        Spring 2016.
Border Crossings: Petra Halkes. Vol. 34, no. 3, issue 135, pp. 129-130, Sept-Nov 2015.
Ottawa Magazine, online edition: Paul Gessell, "Profiles: Arctic inspires new art by Leslie Reid",
        Nov 14, 2014.
Ottawa Magazine, print edition: Paul Gessell, "Arctic Attraction", pp. 37-39, Winter 2014.
Canadian Art, online: Leah Sandals, Nov 1, 2012.
Canadian Art: Heather Anderson. Vol.21, No.1 (Spring), 2012, p.124.
Ottawa Citizen: Peter Simpson, p. D13, Oct 3, 2013; p. D12, Dec 31 2011; p. D1,2, Sep 12, 2011;
        pp. C1,8, Mar 5, 2011.
Ottawa Magazine, online: Paul Gessell, the Artful Blogger, Sep 1, 2011.
Ottawa Citizen: Paul Gessell, p. E1, July 6, 2006; p. C1, June 26, 2003; p. C10, June 16, 1998.
Ottawa Citizen: Nancy Baele, Aug 11, 1996; Nov 28, 1993; Aug 1991; Nov 22, 1990;
        Nov 13, 1982.
Parachute: Penny Cousineau, pp. 75-76, June 1994; René Payant, p. 60, Summer 1980.
By a Lady, Maria Tippett, p. 191, Viking-Penguin, Toronto, 1992.
Artweek, San Francisco, Anthony Lee, p. 15, Mar 21, 1991.
Canadian Art, René Blouin, Vol.3, No.1, Spring 1986.
Vanguard, Anna Babinska, Mar 1986; p. 38, Feb 1982.
Globe and Mail, Aug 1984; John Bentley Mays, Dec 5, 1981; Peter White, Mar 1977.
Le Devoir, July 1984; Gilles Daignault, Nov 13, 1982.
Canadian Contemporary Art, David Burnett, Marilyn Schiff, pp.170-172, Hurtig, Toronto, 1983.
La Presse, Nov 1981; Gilles Toupin, Nov 29, 1975.
Vie des Arts, Georges Boudaille, "Le Regard ingénue de Leslie Reid", pp.24-26, Oct 1980.
Arts Review, London, UK: Michael Shepherd, July 1980; Nov 1977.
Sunday Telegram, London, Michael Shepherd, July 1980.
International Herald Tribune, Max Wykes-Joyce, July 1980.
Le Monde, Jean-Marie Dunoyer, p. 17, Apr 13, 1980.
Artpress, Paris, Françoise, Apr 1980.
Artscanada: Marshall Webb, Winter 1979; David Burnett, Winter 1975-1976.
Artmagazine: Joan Murray, p. 24, May-June 1979; Anna Babinska, pp.47-49, Sep-Oct 1979;
        Dec-Jan 1975-1976.
Le Figaro, Paris, Jean-Marie Tasset, Sept 1977.
Time Magazine, Jon Anderson, Dec 1, 1975.
Montreal Star, George Bogardi, Nov 29, 1975.

CATALOGUES (selected)

2018 Àdisòkàmagan/Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes/We'll All Become Stories, Ottawa Art Gallery,
        Rebecca Basciano, Jim Burant, Michelle Gewurtz, Catherine Sinclair.
2015 Group 6: The Canadian Forces Artists Program, 2012-2013, Diefenbunker, Canada's
        Cold War Museum, Laura Brandon.
2012 Builders: Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada, Jonathan Shaughnessy.
2011 Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision, Carleton University Art Gallery, essay by Diana
2000 ARTS 2000, Royal Canadian Academy.
1996 Fertile Ground, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston; text by
        Jan Allen.
1996 Leslie Reid: Surfacing, Carleton University Art Gallery, text by Sandra Dyck.
1991 Leslie Reid: New Paintings and Drawings, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco; text by
        Rolando Castellon.
1990 Landscape into Light: Leslie Reid 1974-1990, Ottawa Art Gallery, text by Anna
1984 Leslie Reid, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario; text by Robert Swain.
1982 Canadian Horizons: Paintings from the Canada Council, Alaska, pp. 22-23.
1982 Art in Architecture, Visual Arts Ontario, Jeanne Parkin, p. 237.
1982 Printmakers '82, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
1981 Recreating the Landscape. Sarnia Public Gallery, Sarnia, pp. 4-10, text by Ingrid
1980 Leslie Reid. Centre culturel canadien, Paris; Canada House, London, texts by Jean-Louis
        Paudrat and Richard Simmins.
1980, 1978 8th International Print Biennale. 7th International Print Biennale. Cracow,
1979 XIe Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes s/Mer, France.
1977 Tendances Actuelles. Centre culturel canadien, Paris, 1977, pp. 28-29.
1977 10e Biennale de Paris. Paris, pp. 240-241.
1977 12th Print Biennale. Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, p.77.
1977 Three-man Show: Grant Assisted Artists. Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto.
1975 Some Canadian Women Artists. National Gallery of Canada, pp. 14-15, 68-77, text by
        Mayo Graham.


2020 Canada Council for the Arts, Concept to Realization Grant.
2019 Ontario Arts Council Established Artist Grant.
2019 City of Ottawa Arts Grant.
2016 Canada Council for the Arts Long-Term Grant.
2016 RCA/Open Studio Inaugural Fellowship, Toronto.
2016 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.
2015 2013 City of Ottawa Arts Grant.
2014 Ontario Arts Council Established Artist Grant.
2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
2011, 1996, 1990 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.
2009 Daimon Centre de Production, Gatineau, QC, First Works Video Production Grant.
2000 Jury Prize, ARTS 2000 Exhibition, Royal Canadian Academy.
1997 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant.
1996, 1990 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.
1995 Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton, “A” Arts Grant.
1991 Ministry of Culture and Communications, Province of Ontario, Arts Abroad Grant.
1991, 1977 Department of External Affairs, Travel Grant, Exhibition and Travel Grant.
1989, 1983, 1977, 1974 Canada Council for the Arts, Project Costs Grant.
1984, 1983, 1974 Ontario Arts Council: Experience ’84 Grant; Project Grant; Editions I
1980, 1976, 1975 Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Grant B.
1979-1980 Canada Council for the Arts Studio, Cite internationale des arts, Paris.
1978 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.


2018 The Arctic Circle, artist residency sailing in Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic
2017 Canada 150 C3 expedition, Visual Artist on Leg 9, the Northwest Passage
2015-16 RCA/Open Studio Inaugural Printmaking Fellowship, Toronto.
2013 Canadian Forces Artists Program; Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Resolute and Iqaluit
2009, 2008 Artist in residence, Cape Pine Foundation, Newfoundland.
2008 Invited artist: Concordia University, Montreal; Alberta College of Art and Design,
2002 Featured artist, CBC Artspot, CBC Television (broadcast 2002-2003).
1999 Invited artist, Middlesex University; East London University, UK.
1996 Featured artist, Rockburn and Company, CBC Television.
1996 Artist in Residence, École nationale de la photographie, Arles, France.
1996 What’s This?, National Gallery of Canada educational video.
1993 Invited artist, Carleton University School of Architecture.
1992 Invited artist, Department of Fine Arts, Augusta College, University of Georgia.
1992 Featured artist, Mirror, Mirror, television series produced by Dennis Tourbin.
1991 Artist in residence, University of California at Santa Cruz.
1991 Invited artist, University of California at Santa Cruz; University of California, Davis.
1984 Invited artist: Queen's University, Kingston; Canada Council Art Bank.
1982 Invited artist: Université Laval, Québec; La Chambre Blanche, Québec.
1976 Visiting artist, Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Alberta.


2008-Present Professor Emerita, University of Ottawa
1972-2007 Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa
1976 Instructor, Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta
1971-1972 Sessional Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Polytechnic of Central London,








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