North Shore Studio


Brian Reed was born in 1972 and joined the Arts of Life in 2010. His art practice is driven by his inquisitive nature. The contemplative quality of his artwork extends a feeling of intimacy to the viewer, as we observe the result of his exploration of the men who inspire him and the animals that intrigue him.

“I enjoy painting and drawing. I like to paint all kinds of things: my dad, Abraham Lincoln and elephants. Elephants are gentle animals and they are big animals, too.”

Reed works skillfully in a variety of mediums, recently making a successful foray into three-dimensional work. The resulting forms are at once brutal and elegant as he explores the dichotomies of death and life.

“I express myself because it makes me happy. I am very glad to make art.”

Selected Exhibits

Like Sirens

Circle Contemporary, Glenview, IL - 2019

A is for Artist

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL - 2017

Permanent Collection

The Waisman Foundation, Madison, WI - 2017

Carson's Furniture Gallery

Wilmette, IL - 2017