The World Turned Upside Down

Lauchie Reid Solo Exhibition
Oct 7 – Nov 7 2011

Narwhal presents Lauchie Reid's second solo exhibition The World Turned Upside Down. In this new body of oil paintings, Reid continues his role as a documentarian, exploring the role of traditional portraiture as a relevant and timeless method of celebrating human achievement while rejecting the notion of reserving these rites to specific social classes. As much autobiographical as fantastical, Reid reimagines his friends, family and heroes in historic settings, playing homage to their integrity and passion. Often depicting masked figures, Reid uses constuming to conceal their desire, intentions and fears. Reid skill as a painter lends each persona an air of grandeur and intimacy not often revealed.

Lauchie Reid is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he attended Sheridan College for Illustration, where he met the other founding members of what would become Team Macho. Through collective work Reid developed a multi-faceted and diverse approach to image making that expresses a love for outmoded techniques and aesthetics, a bizarre sense of humour, and a sadly sweet view of childhood, family and personality.

He has exhibited his work as a part of Team Macho in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Bordeaux, San Francisco, Montreal, and Amsterdam. Reid has exhibited with Magic Pony as part of Team Macho since 2005 in Friends for Life (June 2005), Team Macho is a Tough Man (May 2006), Fancy Action Now (May 2007) and Kitschy, Gay, And Over In a Second (September 2008) and Hibernation Sickness (Oct 2010). Reid has exhibited his solo work with Narwhal in Stay Gold (December 2008) and Life Drawing (March 2009) and his first solo exhibition That Hideous Strength (May 2010). He is a regular contributor to The Walrus and EnRoute magazine and winner of a 2010 National Magazine Award for his series "An Arboreal History According to the Guild of St Luke".

Opening reception:
Friday Oct 7th
Runs Oct 7 – Nov 7 2011

Selected Artwork

Agent Provocateur
Oil on panel, 2011

Mulieribus Quinque

Oil on panel, 2011