Seeing ‘Red’ with Trini artist

Colors have an uncanny ability to evoke emotions or memories.

Drawing upon the complex shade of red, Trinidadian artist Robert Reid is welcoming the masses to see red in all of its forms — indicative of passion, violence, and more.

“The exhibition is called ‘Red’ and one of the things when I was doing this show is that red means a lot of different things to people – love passion, death, incorporating all of those things,” Reid explained.

The seasoned artist has created an exhibit featuring 36 pieces, including watercolors, charcoal, and oil paintings. Reid’s approach was to craft pieces that were simple to showcase the subtle beauty of his figurative pieces.

Throughout his work, he includes the female form, a combination of naked, semi-naked, and clothed. His purpose in doing so is to catch the beauty of not only the human form but also of the everyday people we pass by who have their own unique story connected to the color red.

“One of my goals was that I wanted to tell people’s stories and by doing that I used the term red,” Reid said.

In an artist statement, Reid expands upon his use of the female form saying:

“My subject is primarily the human form. There is no greater joy than capturing the complex human element. With color, light and space, I seek to manifest the energy and emotions of my subjects, offering moments of beauty, serenity and introspection.”

Providing art lovers — and the masses — one more chance to experience the exhibit and rub elbows with him, Reid will host a closing ceremony Oct. 23 at the Clover Art Gallery. He hopes that more people will take a break from the hustle-and-bustle and take a breather with his art as the excuse.

“A lot of times we miss the things that are right there and it’s important to raise the consciousness for all those people who are kind of sleep walking, caught up in so much of just trying to make that dollar going to the job, we lose a sense of just coming up for air and breathing,” Reid said.

Red (338 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Smith streets in Downtown Brooklyn, (718) 625-2121, Oct. 23, 11 am – 8 pm. Free.

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