20th Birthday for the Angel

The 17th February 2018 marks the 20th Birthday for the Angel. Created by Anthony Gormley, the “Gateshead Angel” or “The Angel of the North” has become an icon for the North East, often featured on television when a reference for the region is needed. Opinions are divided about the Angel but I’m in the camp … Read more

Painting of Seaton Sluice

Earlier this summer I painted a small sketchbook watercolour Painting of Seaton Sluice on location. As well as being a family day out, it was a typical summers day in the north east, patches of blue sky with sunlight bursting through dark threatening clouds. I decided to work the sketch up into a larger 14” x … Read more

Springtime

It’s springtime! As I’m writing this blog post the weather outside feels distinctly more like winter but that’s not untypical for April in the north east of England. Despite the weather, springtime is the theme for my exhibition currently on show at my gallery in Ponteland throughout the month of April. Because we can experience … Read more

City Church Portraits

Over the last 12 months I have been working on a painting project for City Church Newcastle which meets at the CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle. In the summer of 2013 I was approached by Ed Morrow (who manages the CastleGate) asking my advice about what kind of artwork would look good in the new atrium … Read more

The Art Tour

The Network Artists North East annual Art Tour begins this weekend. This ever popular event, now in its 19th year, gives you the opportunity to meet artists from around the North East who are opening up their studios for The Art Tour. This year I’ve decided to display many of my sketchbooks which contain numerous … Read more

My North East by its Famous Sons and Daughters

“My North East by its Famous Sons and Daughters” is a new coffee-table book packed with in-depth interviews with 65 of the best-known people from the North East. It features celebrities from stage and screen, musical heroes and sporting legends of all ages. It also has a page dedicated to yours truly. I’m genuinely humbled … Read more

OWN IT Celebrating 15 years

North East Charity OWN IT are celebrating their 15th birthday on Friday 30th November at the CastleGate on Melbourne Street. Alan Reed Art will be joining in with the Charity auction by donating a framed limited edition print to help this North East based charity. Established in 1997 with the work of Richard Davies MBE … Read more