Vincent Reed

Textured Artworks Metallic Abstract Painting by Vincent Reed
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I began life back in the mid 1960ís, a child of the modern dawn. As a
young child I grew up within the school system of secondary &
comprehensive education. I was always drawing and used to accompany my
written work with little pictures which really told my story, much
better that my literal attempts. As I entered my teenage years I was
strongly influenced by the cultural power of British music and fashion.
Central London became a place of excitement where I could embrace the
latest trends, explore lively clubs and listen to amazing live music. I
found many interesting pastimes like antiques, fishing & cycling, but
one of my favourites was always drawing and making things.

Electrical Engineering
After Leaving school at seventeen I joined a government sponsored youth
training apprenticeship scheme specializing in electrical engineering.
This was a great opportunity to learn all about the mechanics of
machining combined with electronics, working to tolerances of precision
engineering & tooling. After passing my exams, I started working for
British Telecom as a telecommunications engineer based in Hemel
Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Later I continued working on Ministry of
Defence contracts for a number of years.

St Albans School of Art & Design
At that time a good friend of mine, namely Jon Stone, exclaimed he was
going to Art College. As he spoke about this new venture I saw his eyes
light up and realized his passion for what was coming. As I sat there
listening, I remember saying to him, if only I could do something like
that. Art College seemed a million miles away from someone like me.
However I felt the calling to have a go and began to make inquiries
about how I could join the art school. I spent that summer preparing my
drawings and took them to be critiqued and studied.

My art teachers were so positive & kind, and offered me a place as a
mature student within St Albans Art School at a foundation level in Art
& Design. I canít remember being so excited; each morning I would
bounce out of bed ready to start a new day mixing with like-minded
creative people and stay there working until closing.
At the end of the term which finished so quickly I presented my
collection of paintings at the end of term exhibition. It was a
compilation of impressionist oil paintings from my trips to the Lake
District, loosely based on the work of Monet, Van Gogh and contemporary
artists such as Mark Rothko and Christian Hetzel. After the exhibition
I was so shocked to hear the phone ring from the collegeís
administrators. They explained that a leading hotel in the United
States wanted to buy all of my paintings. I accepted their kind offer
and sold the entire collection.

University of Hertfordshire
This seemed at the time to be the catalyst I had been waiting for;
however my tutors invited me to spend an additional year within the
college in what is called early specialisation. They advised me that
because my work was very tactile, had I ever thought about designing
items in 3D. After taking on board these comments I decided to start
building three dimensional pieces of furniture using primarily glass
and steel. I used my engineering background to formulate and quantify
the pieces and started learning how to overcome design issues and
combine this with my artistic eye.

London Guildhall University
At the end of this process I compiled my portfolio and entered London
Guildhall University majoring in Furniture Design & Technology BA Hons.
This turned out to be the best three years investment as I learned so
much about design and embraced a wide range of philosophies. At the end
of my degree I designed pieces of Furniture incorporating high tech
combined with recycled materials to produce pieces for VW-AG.

Interior Designer
It was around this time that I started working on peopleís homes and
businesses offering professional advice on their interiors as a self-
styled interior designer. I quickly embraced the latest trends and I
really enjoyed seeing the amazing transformation within the properties
as they evolved. This opportunity opened many doors as I started
working for companies such as Chaplins of London and Fired Earth as an
Interior designer.

Some years later after travelling, I visited the Czech Republic &
married my wonderful wife Martina and later had our two children James
and Hannah. We have become a creative family; we all paint outside
together and encourage others to join us as we tour the countryside
looking for inspiring places in which to settle. I have no idea what my
life will bring to me in the future; I do know I love doing what I do
and so enjoy the challenge to overcome obstacles.
My latest pieces of work continue to evolve as I do; I am always
pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and design. I do hope my
profile has been an encouragement to you..
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