While continuing to browse throughout the VMFA’s collection I found beautiful abstracted works by David Reed. Born in 1946 in California Reed’s signature workds consist of a large vertical or horizantal canvas that houses gorgeous swirling brushstrokes made from vibrant colors. Aside from working with oils Reed has also tapped into working with both installations, and documentaries.
Instead of naming his pieces Reed simply numbers his works. One of my favorite pieces of his is his work #453 made from Oil and Alkyd on linen. This horizantal panel is made up of a combination of organic swirls that are arranged within perfectly arranged rectangles on the left side. As the viewers eye moves from an empty space on the right to a crowded place on the right the geometric shapes slowly begin to fade as the swirling intermixes throughout the colors.