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Paul Reed

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#31 A, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"
#31 A (left), 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"
#31 A, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

#31 A, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

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#31 B, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"
#31 B (right), 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"
#31 B, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

#31 B, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

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#8, 1965

acrylic on canvas

25" x 33"
#8, 1965

acrylic on canvas

25" x 33"

Installation View
#8, 1965

acrylic on canvas

25" x 33"

#8, 1965

acrylic on canvas

25" x 33"

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#5A, 1965

acrylic on canvas

57 1/2" x 44"
#5A, 1965

acrylic on canvas

57 1/2" x 44"

Installation View
#5A, 1965

acrylic on canvas

57 1/2" x 44"

Installation View
#5A, 1965

acrylic on canvas

57 1/2" x 44"

#5A, 1965

acrylic on canvas

57 1/2" x 44"

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#21 E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

30" x 30"
#21 E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

30" x 30"

Installation View
#21 E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

30" x 30"

Installation View
#21 E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

30" x 30"

#21 E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

30" x 30"

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Emertop B, 1967

acrylic on canvas

25 1/2" x 36 1/2"
Emertop B, 1967

acrylic on canvas

25 1/2" x 36 1/2"

Installation View
Emertop B (verso), 1967

acrylic on canvas

25 1/2" x 36 1/2"
Emertop B, 1967

acrylic on canvas

25 1/2" x 36 1/2"

Emertop B, 1967

acrylic on canvas

25 1/2" x 36 1/2"

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#5, 1964

acrylic on canvas

75" x 44"

#5, 1964

acrylic on canvas

75" x 44"

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Inside Out X, 1966

acrylic on canvas

50" x 33"

Inside Out X, 1966

acrylic on canvas

50" x 33"

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#15E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

approx. 44" x 43"
#15E (detail), 1963

acrylic on canvas

approx. 44" x 43"
#15E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

approx. 44" x 43"

#15E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

approx. 44" x 43"

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Gilport DLI, 1972

acrylic on canvas

58" x 54 1/2"

Gilport DLI, 1972

acrylic on canvas

58" x 54 1/2"

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Gilport Two Monoprint, 1971

screenprint

22" x 24"

Gilport Two Monoprint, 1971

screenprint

22" x 24"

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Zig-Field, 1970

screenprint

20" x 35"

ed. 93

Zig-Field, 1970

screenprint

20" x 35"

ed. 93

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Barcelona, 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170
Barcelona (detail), 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170
Barcelona (signature detail), 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170
Barcelona (edition detail), 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170
Barcelona, 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170

Barcelona, 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170

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Untitled, 1953

oil on board

approx. 16" x 20"
Untitled (signature detail), 1953

oil on board

approx. 16" x 20"
Untitled, 1953

oil on board

approx. 16" x 20"

Untitled, 1953

oil on board

approx. 16" x 20"

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#15C, 1963

acrylic on canvas

44" x 43"

#15C, 1963

acrylic on canvas

44" x 43"

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N1, c. 1963

acrylic on canvas

32" x 32"

N1, c. 1963

acrylic on canvas

32" x 32"

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#31 A, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

#31 A, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

#31 B, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

#31 B, 1963

acrylic on canvas

32 1/2" x 33"

#8, 1965

acrylic on canvas

25" x 33"

#8, 1965

acrylic on canvas

25" x 33"

#5A, 1965

acrylic on canvas

57 1/2" x 44"

#5A, 1965

acrylic on canvas

57 1/2" x 44"

#21 E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

30" x 30"

#21 E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

30" x 30"

Emertop B, 1967

acrylic on canvas

25 1/2" x 36 1/2"

Emertop B, 1967

acrylic on canvas

25 1/2" x 36 1/2"

#5, 1964

acrylic on canvas

75" x 44"

#5, 1964

acrylic on canvas

75" x 44"

Inside Out X, 1966

acrylic on canvas

50" x 33"

Inside Out X, 1966

acrylic on canvas

50" x 33"

#15E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

approx. 44" x 43"

#15E, 1963

acrylic on canvas

approx. 44" x 43"

Gilport DLI, 1972

acrylic on canvas

58" x 54 1/2"

Gilport DLI, 1972

acrylic on canvas

58" x 54 1/2"

Gilport Two Monoprint, 1971

screenprint

22" x 24"

Gilport Two Monoprint, 1971

screenprint

22" x 24"

Zig-Field, 1970

screenprint

20" x 35"

ed. 93

Zig-Field, 1970

screenprint

20" x 35"

ed. 93

Barcelona, 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170

Barcelona, 1969

screenprint

22" x 28"

ed. 170

Untitled, 1953

oil on board

approx. 16" x 20"

Untitled, 1953

oil on board

approx. 16" x 20"

#15C, 1963

acrylic on canvas

44" x 43"

#15C, 1963

acrylic on canvas

44" x 43"

N1, c. 1963

acrylic on canvas

32" x 32"

N1, c. 1963

acrylic on canvas

32" x 32"

Biography

Paul Reed (1919-2015) is one of six original Washington Color School artists. Like the others, Reed explored color using diluted acrylic paint, which he applied directly onto raw canvas. “I have a saying,” Reed told The Washington Post in 2011. “Pollock dripped, Frankenthaler poured, Morris Louis poured. Howard Mehring sprinkled. I blot.”

The artist worked in series over the years, including the “Mandala,” in which color radiated from a circular central image, the “Upstart,” which consisted of hard-edge zigzags and vertical stripes, and the nearly 100 paintings in his “Disk” series, which he called “a matrix for exploiting color.” These works feature blocks of color arranged as a central circle with two triangles positioned at opposing corners of the canvas. The repetitive format allowed Reed to explore the relationships between colors—how they vibrate, complement, and contrast—with purity and precision.

It was included in the ground-breaking Washington Color Painters exhibition (1963) at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, and included in the exhibition The Hard-Edged Trend at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in 1966. Select collections include: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kreeger Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Art, High Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.