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Alan Reed produces paintings that transports you to the places you love and the people you hold dear.

Visit Alan Reed Studio & Art Gallery at Dissington Hall  to find your favourite piece of artwork.

(by appointment only)

Over the last 35 years he has developed his own distinctive painting style that is instantly recognisable.

Alan’s landscapes and cityscapes for sale on this site are painted in his unique, fluid style. Alan Reed Ponteland captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape in watercolour or oils.

British artist Alan Reed, was born in Northumberland, into a family with a history of painting and fell in love with watercolours at the age of 15.

He trained in art and design at Newcastle College and spent the early part of his career producing artist impressions of new building projects for architects.

Watch Alan’s watercolour blog “How to Paint” on YouTube.


For many years I’ve practised the regular discipline of life drawing to sharpen my skills at drawing from observation. Although I have specialised in watercolour for over 35 years, I also worked in oil paints, charcoal, pencil, gold leaf and acrylic.

We founded the Alan Reed Art Gallery in 1996. Since then it has had a permanent exhibition of Paintings on display. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity of exhibiting throughout the UK and overseas in the USA, Italy, Oman and Kuwait.

My subjects are varied including landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, architecture and portraits. Recent commissions include the Lakes Distillery and ancient Roman architecture. It was early in his career that the quality of Alan’s work received national recognition with the selection of a number of his cityscapes in the Sunday Times watercolour competition for three successive years.

He was also shortlisted for “Artist of the Year” for Artists & Illustrators Magazine in 2014.

Alan has over 30 years of experience in teaching Art & Design. He gives private lessons in drawing and painting to children and adults and runs Painting Holidays in Italy with his wife Susan.

Alan prefers to paint from life however, he works equally as well from photographs.

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2018 “Watercolour in Oman Landscape”

2014 Member of the Fine Art Trade Guild Alan Reed shortlisted for “Artist of the Year

2013 Guild Artist Member Alan Reed wins “The Artist’s Prize” in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition 

2013 Journal Article – Faith moves artist Alan Reed to church display

2013 Winner of “The Artist’s Prize” in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition 2013 with his painting “Jebel Akhdar, Oman“.

2013 Watercolour painting of “Clifton Suspension Bridge in the Mist” was Highly Commended in the Bristol Art Prize.

2011 Winner of the “Circus Painting Prize” in the Bath Prize. His painting of “Pump Room in the Snow” was highly commended.

2011 One of the finals with his painting of “Grey Street” in the “Show me the Monet” programme shown on BBC2.

2010 1st runner up in “The Bath Prize” with his original painting of “The Royal Crescent, Bath“.

“The Roman Baths by Torchlight” was also highly commended.

One of Alan’s photographs of Venice Regata Storica is featured in a bookby JoAnn Locktov published by bellafigurapublications “Dream of Venice in Black and White”

Alan Reed’s approach to painting is described in Theodora Philcox’s book titled “Landscapes in Watercolour”. This is an inspirational book which features the work of 23 leading watercolourists from around the world.