Gregory Reid grew up in Oyster Bay, Long Island where he attended Oyster Bay High School. From the time he was a boy drawing pictures with his older siblings, art has been a major force in his life.
He enrolled at the New School in New York City to study illustration. Finding the school atmosphere too restrictive, he left to pursue his career independently. He soon began experimenting with painting, choosing oils as his principle medium.
Gregory considers himself a Visionary Artist, whose work is influenced by Chagall, Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, DeKooning, Dali, Joan Miro and Jasper Johns. His involvement with the study of mythology gives him the understanding of an Artists’ role as ‘Myth-maker‘ in today’s world.
Gregory likens the visionary’s role to that of the Shaman in older societies. The Shaman’s sharper perceptions of reality turn him inward. As a Visionary Artist, Gregory’s work expresses the emotions and soul of the artist. These internal landscapes or ‘mindscapes’ have the capacity to evoke strong emotions in the people who view his work.
Gregory’s have been exhibited in numerous street art shows and his paintings are shown continuously at Friends Academy in Locust Valley. He has had paintings displayed in the Glen Cove, Locust Valley, and Roslyn Libraries, the Discovery Gallery in Glen Cove, the Hecksher Museum in Huntington and several private art shows.
This vibrant retrospective show celebrates Gregory’s 30th year on staff at Friends Academy. The work will fill not only the Dolan Center Art Gallery, but many other parts of the Dolan Center and beyond.