Adam Reid experiments with abstract and figurative art, at times merging the two.
Adam was raised in Canada and now lives in the UK.
Adam’s paintings resemble Francis Bacon’s later works.

Adam Reid is a contemporary Irish artist working in gouache to create dynamic and dramatic figurative paintings. Adam grew up in Canada before moving to London, where he now lives and works. Adam’s paintings primarily take the form of close up portraits or ominous and surreal scenes with ambiguous figures in them.

Adam Reid’s Style

Adam’s portfolio ranges from the expressionist to the abstract. With a style that takes inspiration from Turner and from Bacon, Adam’s paintings have a distinct narrative, yet maintain a mystical quality. ‘The Forge’ series was created in 2019 and consists of paintings that work individually and as a collection. Adam uses a palette of dark, earthy colours, swift lines and a repeated composition to allude at continuous stages of the same observation throughout this series.


Adam’s portrait paintings are unique from the rest of his works. Unlike Adam’s usual dark backdrops and tonal hues, bright reds, yellows and blues flood onto the canvas, at times working their way into the subject matter. By incorporating the foreground and background and vice versa, Adam engages his subjects with their surroundings, making for vibrant and visceral works of art.

Selected Works

Untitled drawing by Adam Reid

Untitled drawing

Drawings - 30x42 cm
Untitled by Adam Reid


Drawings - 30x42 cm
Untitled by Adam Reid


Drawings - 30x42 cm
Untitled by Adam Reid


Drawings - 30x42 cm
Untitled (2022) - After El Greco by Adam Reid
Untitled (2022) - Figure by Adam Reid

Untitled (2022) - Figure

Paintings - 122x90 cm
Untitled - After Corot  by Adam Reid

Untitled - After Corot

Paintings - 30x60 cm
Untitled (2022) by Adam Reid

Untitled (2022)

Paintings - 122x91 cm
Untitled (2021) by Adam Reid

Untitled (2021)

Paintings - 120x91 cm

Study after Van Gogh

Paintings - 90x60 cm

Painting after Van Dyck

Paintings - 120x93 cm

Untitled 2020 - After Doré

Paintings - 122x94 cm

Untitled 2021 - Trot 2

Paintings - 41x51 cm

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