Spotlight On: Tristan Reid

29th April 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

Our Spotlight On blogs and vlogs introduce thirteen of the artists featured in exhibition ‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’.  The second in a series, the exhibition presents 40 works acquired in the last five years to ensure our collection better represents North Wiltshire’s creativity, with the majority of works donated by the artists.

What is your name, where are you based, what medium/style do you work in?

Tristan Reid. I am a painter based near Corsham in Wiltshire. Between 2010 and 2012 my studio was in Pew Hill House in Chippenham, and since then, I (along with a number of other artists) have rented studios at New Farm, just outside Corsham.

I work predominantly in oils, and paint on wood panels and sometimes canvas and linen. I consider myself a figurative artist, but I like to weave together images collaged from various sources, that can sometimes take the work in different directions, and towards various grades of abstraction.


Tristan’s studio

Why did you want to be involved with this project?

I think the project to amalgamate the local art scene in to a coherent body of knowledge, and provide a center and focal point where people can find it, is really very important, whether I am lucky enough to be involved or not. This area is particularly rich in its artistic heritage, and the fact that it still produces, and attracts high quality artists of all styles, makes me even prouder to be a small part of it.

How did you decide which piece to donate to the museum and can you tell us more about it?

I have worked in different styles of figurative painting over my 14 years as a professional artist, mainly due to demands that aren’t directly connected to my personal vision. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I don’t think I would change much, but I do believe that ‘Sleeping Market Boy’ was one of the first paintings I made, that was defiantly for nobody but myself. I believe it’s one of my earliest works that forms part of the body of paintings that I continue to develop today.


Sleeping Market Boy, oil on wood panel, 2011

Why do you think having public access to local art is so important, such as through this new collection being created at Chippenham Museum?

It’s important that people from every demographic have access to the Arts and culture of their time, and especially so when it can be exhibited in the area of its creation. People can’t always travel (and are sometimes disinclined to anyway) and so the importance of local public access to these things is evident.


Why do you think North Wiltshire has such a creative culture?

I think the Bath Academy of Arts has had an enormous influence on the collective consciousness of the local area, and remains an important focal point for artists; some who had direct ties to it, and others who benefit from it’s legacy by association.

‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’ is free to visit 17 May – 19 June. Open Monday – Saturday with two ways to visit:  drop in 10am – 1pm or book a free Private View for up to six people or two households at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. 


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