Alan produces paintings that transport the customer to the place they love or to the person they know and hold dear. 


Visit Alan Reed Studio & Gallery in Ponteland where Alan & his wife Susan will welcome you with a coffee. You are free to browse at your leisure without any obligation to make a purchase.

Please telephone 01661 871800 first to check opening times.

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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. 

See Alan demonstrate “how to paint” on youtube.

Painting lessons for children. Read testimony from one of Alan’s pupils.


Over the last 35 years he has developed his own distinctive painting style that is instantly recognisable. His landscapes and cityscapes for sale on this site are painted in his unique, fluid style. Alan Reed captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape. Paintings and prints are now shipped around the world.

“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 the last 35 years, I have also worked in oil paints, charcoal, pencil, gold leaf and acrylic. I have been running my own art gallery since 1996 and exhibited 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.

I produce paintings which are representational but not photographic. I’m concerned about capturing light and the fleeting moment in time, for which watercolour is ideally suited. In particular I like to paint pre 20th century architecture. Working on location all over the world, in particular Italy and the Middle East, has brought a creative sense of fluency to my painting” 

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. In more recent years Alan has been selected twice for the Royal Watercolour Society. He was also shortlisted for “Artist of the Year” for Artists & Illustrators Magazine in 2014.

 View his art paintings for sale here.

Alan has over 30 years 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.

Commission an Artist to paint a portrait of your loved one. Alan prefers to paint from life but he can also work equally as well from photographs.

Read Alan’s watercolour painting blog.  Stories of his travels painting overseas, painting commissions, inspiration and painting and drawing tips.

Contact 01661 871 800 art@alanreed.com



2018 Watercolour in Oman Landscape” http://www.omanobserver.om/oman-in-water-colour/

2014 One of 50 artists shortlisted by Artists and Illustrators Magazine for Artist of the Year 2014.

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“. The painting was exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London.

2013 Watercolour painting ofClifton 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 ofPump Room in the Snowwas 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 Torchlightwas 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 a book
“Landscapes in Watercolour” by Theodora Philcox, an inspirational book which features the work of 23 leading watercolourists from around the world.