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..... Leslie Reid, born 1947 in Ottawa, first studied at Queen’s University, Kingston, and then continued her studies at art college in England. On her return to Canada she took a teaching position in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, where she also served as Chair. She exhibited in the landmark exhibition Some Canadian Women Artists at the National Gallery of Canada, held in recognition of the first International Women’s Year, and she represented Canada at the Biennale de Paris. Major solo exhibitions have been held at the Canada House Gallery, London, UK, the Centre culturel canadien, Paris, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. A survey of fifteen years work, Landscape into Light, curated by Anna Babinska for the Ottawa Art Gallery, toured in California and Georgia. The retrospective exhibition, Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision, curated by Diana Nemiroff at the Carleton University Art Gallery, featured works from 1975 to 2011.

..... Leslie Reid has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, where she has been a member since 1978. She was artist-in-residence at the École nationale de la photographie, France and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Leslie Reid left the University of Ottawa in 2007 and began her travels to residencies in Newfoundland, resulting in her participation in the 2021 Bonavista Biennale, and then travelling in the far North and High Arctic, with the Canadian Forces Artists Program 2013, the Canada C3 expedition through the Northwest Passage 2017, and the Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard, Norway 2018. These residencies took her across much of the Circumpolar world, leading to the major exhibition Mapping a Cold War at the Founders’ Gallery, Military Museums, Calgary, and to Dark Ice, a collaborative exhibition with Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) Nunavut photographer Robert Kautuk at the Ottawa Art Gallery, curated by Rebecca Basciano. Further solo and group exhibitions have been held, including Open Channels, the C3 group exhibition at Âjagemô Gallery, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, and virtually at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal amongst others.

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



Artist Statement


..... My work has long engaged both our sensory and emotional responses to particular environments. The works, in painting and also print, photography and video, explore the physical and perceptual sensations of our experience of a site and the signs of lives lived there, working with liminal states of light and space. Through the ambiguities and uncertainties experienced in this visual field, I seek a thought-provoking and resonant emotional response to the act of seeing, and ultimately to being.

..... The imagery is derived from photographs, sometimes erased in the final work, other times revealed. The experience of the photographic image – the selection of the subject, the response to it, as well as some of its formal aspects – underlies the painting. The photograph remains in subtle references to photographic memory, light and dark patterning, tonality and depth of field.

.....Earlier works looked at many landscapes - Canadian, English, French, American – and in particular Calumet Island, home of my maternal grandmother and of childhood summers under canvas, and of the Pontiac and Gatineau regions. These works explored the land both in its emptied isolation and in the traces of our passage there. Later, I realised that I was editing out the most critical focus of my life at that time, motherhood; the photographs of rivers, fields and gardens 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 relationships was the focus of my work, and in texts and presentation as well - the examination of the personal in the world.

..... My interests have now returned to a larger field of exploration and experience, through travel in the Canadian North and High Arctic as well as in Svalbard. My interests in the emotional and personal effects of light and space with lived experience have become even more intertwined, as I experience the Arctic from a settler perspective, observing the effects of colonialism on Arctic communities and Inuit lives.

..... In looking at issues of displacement, fragility, refuge, survival and resilience, leading to hope and reconciliation, the images reveal the sharp poignancy of standing the moment.



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SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2022 New Arrivals from the High Arctic, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa.
2022-2023 Dark Ice, collaboration 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, curator 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.
1990 Landscape into Light: Leslie Reid Paintings and Prints 1974-1990, the Gallery at Arts Court, Ottawa, curator Anna Babinska. Touring:

1991 Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Porter College, University of California at Santa Cruz, co-curator Rolando Castellon;
1991 Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California at Davis;
1991 Leslie Reid: New Paintings and Drawings, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, co-curator Roland Castellon;
1992 Fine Arts Center, Augusta College, Augusta, Georgia;
1994 Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, co-curator Joan Murray.

1984, 1981, 1978 Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto.
1984 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, curator Robert Swain.
1982 Galerie Jolliet, Montreal.
1980 Centre culturel canadien, Paris, curator Yves Pépin.
1980 Canada House, London, England, co-curator Griselda Bear.
1978, 1976 Gallery Graphics, Ottawa.
1973 Gallery Zella 9, London, England.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Objekt—a reading room, Supermarket: Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Stockholm. Organized by the RCA.
2021 Bonavista Biennale: The Tonic of Wildness, Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland. Curators Patricia Grattan and Matthew Hills.
2021 Family Matters, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
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-- The J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
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. Commission.
2017 After Toronto Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal.
2017 Open Edition, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
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, Ontario.
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, Ottawa.
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.
2000, Arts 2000 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Gallery Stratford.
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, Kingston.
1994 The Contemplative Landscape, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa.
1994 Contemporary Practice, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
1994 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.
1984 Remy Martin National Juried Exhibition, Toronto.
1984 The Modern Landscape, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto.
1982 Canadian Horizons, Works from the Art Bank, Alaska (touring).
1982 Four Artists: Alleyn, Nolte, Reid, Rousseau, SAW Gallery, Ottawa.
1982 Printmakers '82 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
1981 Works from the Art Bank, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto.
1981 Recreating the Landscape, Sarnia Gallery.
1980 8th International Print Biennale, Cracow, Poland.
1980 International Impact Art Festival, Kyoto, Japan.
1979 XIe Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes s/Mer, France.
1979 Selected Aspects of Canadian Printmaking, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto (touring).
1978 Canadian Contemporary Prints, National Gallery of Canada.
1978 7th International Print Biennale, Cracow, Poland.
1977 10e Biennale de Paris, France.
1977 Tendances Actuelles, Centre culturel canadien, Paris.
1977 12th International Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
1977 03 23 03, Galerie B, Montreal, and National Gallery of Canada.
1977 Three Artists, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto.
1977 9th Burnaby Print Biennial, B.C.
1976 Some Canadian Women Artists, National Gallery of Canada.
1976 Spectrum Canada, Montreal.
1974 Canadian Printmakers at Marlborough Graphics, New York.
1974 Printed Matter, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, Purchase Prize.
1974 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).
1973 7th Burnaby Print Biennial, B.C.
1971 Platform '71, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England.


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

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
Novartis
Ottawa Congress Centre
Via Rail


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Ottawa Art and Artists: An Illustrated History, Jim Burant, Art Canada Institute, Toronto, 2022, pp. 38, 92-94, 143, 180-181, 318, www.aci-iac.ca/art-books/ottawa-art-and-artists/.
Canada's National Observer, Matteo Cimellaro, "When an iceberg flips: Dark Ice exhibition uncovers some Arctic truths", July 15, 2022.
Nunatsiaq News, online edition: Madalyn Howitt, "Arctic photographers join forces for Ottawa exhibition", May 5, 2022.
War Art in Canada: A Critical History, Dr. Laura Brandon, Art Canada Institute, Toronto, 2021, p. 179, https://www.aci-iac.ca/art-books/war-art-in-canada/.
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)

2022 Mapping a Cold War: An exhibition by Leslie Reid.
2022 Bonavista Biennale 2021: The Tonic of Wildness / Le tonique de la nature, by Patricia Grattan and Matthew Hills, 2021 (also available online).
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 Nemiroff.
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 Babinska.
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 Jenkner.
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, Poland.
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 Artists. Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto.
1975 Some Canadian Women Artists. National Gallery of Canada, pp. 14-15, 68-77, text by Mayo Graham.


AWARDS, HONOURS, GRANTS

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.
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 Award.
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.


RESIDENCIES, INVITED ARTIST, MEDIA

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, Calgary.
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.
1979-80 Canada Council for the Arts Studio, Cité internationale des arts, Paris.
1976 Visiting artist, Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, Alberta.


EMPLOYMENT

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,UK


EDUCATION

1976-77 Slade School of Art, University of London, post-graduate studies
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

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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