You look at Gareth’s portraits and you think, that person could have come from centuries ago. There is something so classic about them and yet they are not old-fashioned.
Kate Bryan (Arts Presenter and Historian)
Marylebone Journal, 2017
Gareth Reid is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and the Florence Academy of Art and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Drawing, and Portraiture Tutor at the Glasgow School of Art.
He has shown on five occasions at the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery in London, and in 2007 won the BP Travel Award. Having travelled to Finland, he has given talks on his work in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and the National Portrait Gallery, London. His work has been published by the NPG.
Previous commissions include retiral portraits of Sir George Mathewson and Stephen Hester for the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lord Gill and Billy Connolly. His work is held in the collections of RBS, Ralph Lauren, The Old Bailey, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland.
In 2017 Gareth entered the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition. After a four hour filmed live sitting with Adrian Chiles, competing with 8 others in his heat, Gareth was chosen to progress. He then drew Imelda Staunton which took him through to the final and proceed to win the entire competition after the three finalists had four hours to draw Tom Courtney. As the winner, Gareth was commissioned to paint the well-known television and radio presenter, Graham Norton, for the National Gallery of Ireland. The portrait now hangs as part of their permanent collection.