Through his art, music, performance and politics, British artist and anarchist Jamie Reid has become somewhat of a punk icon, rebelling against society’s social and cultural injustices. His signature newspaper-cutting graphics have become synonymous with the spirit of British punk, from his collaboration on the Suburban Press (1971-1975) to, most notably, his iconic album artwork for the Sex Pistols.
Humber Street Gallery presents Reid’s first major retrospective in the UK, “XXXXX: FIFTY YEARS OF SUBVERSION AND THE SPIRIT”. The exhibition will showcase a variety of material spanning several decades from the 1970’s to the present. Displaying collage work, drawings, paintings, prints, poster editions and photographs, demonstrating Reid’s witty delivery and continued dedication in making a statement through art. He returns to symbols such as Boudicca, the Oak Leaf, and Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, presenting them in new contexts relating to current issues, whilst his recent paintings reflect his later embrace of spirituality and nature.
Jamie Reid (b. 1947) lives and works in Liverpool and is represented by John Marchant Gallery, Brighton. “XXXXX” will be co-curated by John Marchant, Gallerist and Curator, alongside David Sinclair, Head of Visual Art and Engagement at The Civic, Barnsley.