Canadian artist Reid McLachlan has always felt compelled to make images on surfaces. He was formally trained to do this at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and spent his final year of studies at the OCAD campus in Florence, Italy where he graduated with Honours and a number of awards in 1987. Since then he has painted and exhibited continuously in Ontario and Quebec as well as the U.S. Recently he has returned to the discipline of drawing, exploring different aspects of his artistic practice through this medium.
Whether painting or drawing Reid's work explores the themes that define what it is to be human - faith, love, loss and death - and seeks understanding in these primal beliefs and emotions that drive us all.
"….figurative painter Reid McLachlan explores time, life and death in powerful, explosive works that offer a compelling portrait of the themes that drive humanity. McLachlan's painterly and expressive style and highly individualistic approach to technique represent figurative art at its finest." - Melanie Scott, Where Magazine.
1986-87 Ontario College of Art, Florence Campus, Italy. A.O.C.A (Honours).
1984-86 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ont. Campus.
1982-84 High School of Commerce, Art Program, Ottawa, Ont.
2018 “My Country is Winter” Galerie Old Chelsea, Chelsea, Qc.
2015 “Vestiges nostalgiques / Remnants of Nostalgia”, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2013 “Remnants of Nostalgia”, La Fab, Old Chlesea, Qc.
2013 “Like Wolves”, Fritzi Gallery, Great Canadian Theatre Co. Ottawa, Ont.
2011 “Moving Narratives - récits (é)mouvants”, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Orleans, Ont.
2010 “Heavenly Bodies”, Galerie McKenzie-Marcotte, Wakefield, Qc.
2009 “Indelible Souls”, duo show with Rebecca Mason. Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2008 “Plan B”, duo show with Claire Brennan. Fritzi Gallery, Great Canadian Theatre Co. Ottawa, Ont.
2007 “Grey Truths”, Art Image, Maison de la culture de Gatineau, Gatineau Qc.
2007 “Purge”, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2007 “Reid McLachlan/M. Peggy Hughes” duo show. Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2005 “Perils of Nostalgia”, Galerie d’art de l’Alliance Française, Ottawa, Ont.
2004 “Erratics”, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2004 “Marked by Fate”, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2002 “Millstones”, Mill Building, Almonte Ont.
2002 “Middle of the Road”, Galerie McKenzie-Marcotte, Wakefield, Qc.
2002 “Alchemy”, Centre d’exposition l'Imagier, Gatineau, Qc.
2000 “Caution Signs”, Galerie McKenzie-Marcotte, Wakefield, Qc.
1999 “Fencing Memories”, Santé Gallery/Restaurant, Ottawa, Ont.
1999 “Wings and Bones”, Casino de Hull, Hull, Qc.
1998 “Hopscotch”, Art-Image, Maison de la culture de Gatineau, Gatineau, Qc.
1992 Galerie Rodrigue Lemay, Ottawa, Ont.
1991 Galerie Rodrigue Lemay, Ottawa, Ont.
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2008-2019 “Great Big Smalls”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2016 “Blue”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2016 “Art and Parcel”, Ottawa Art Gallery Art Rentals and Sales, Ottawa Ont.
2015 “This Is Us Now”, Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, Galerie Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2015 “Le rouge et le noir”, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2015 “Erotic Chelsea”, Joineryco Gallery, Chelsea, Qc.
2014 “Warmth”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2013 “Stephen Harper: the Portrait Gallery”, Arts Court Studio, Arts Court, Ottawa, Ont.
2013 “Le pARTy”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa Ont.
2013 “Repérage, Collection Loto-Québec”, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2013 “Heads Up”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2012 “Le pARTy”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa Ont.
2012 “RUN!”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2012 “Undercurrents”, Fritzi Gallery, Great Canadian Theatre Co. Ottawa, Ont.
2011 “Le pARTy”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa Ont.
2011 “Natural Phenomena”, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2010 “Repérage, Collection Loto-Québec”, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, Qc.
2010 “The Artist Project Toronto”, Queen Elizabeth Building, Toronto, Ont.
2010 “re-fresh”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2009 “Back Burner”, in conjunction with Yann Martel book launch, Patrick Gordon Framing, Ottawa, Ont.
2009 “Recent Additions to the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection”. City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa Ont.
2009 “Stimulus”, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2009 “Project Hope”, Galerie Dentaire, Montreal Qc.
2008 “An Artistic Exploration of the Human Form”, Tay River Gallery, Perth, Ont.
2007 “The Pig”, Centre d’exposition l'Imagier, Gatineau, Qc.
2006 “New Acquisitions to the City of Ottawa's Art Collection”, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
Galerie Bloom, 224, rue St-Paul Ouest, Montréal Qc.
Cube Gallery, 1286 Wellington St W. Ottawa Ont.
PROJECTS AND COLLABORATIONS
2016 “PORTAGE”,interactive installation with Becky Mason at the Ottawa Outdoor Show,Ottawa, On.
2011 “Sariana” and “Ludivine”, collaboration with Tara Luz Danse, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Orleans, Ont.
2009 “Star Portraits”. Episode painting Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire's portrait; aired on BRAVO!
2008 “envol”, contemporary dance with paintings with Tara Luz Danse at La Nouvelle Scène, Ottawa.
2007 “Ludivine”, contemporary dance with paintings with Tara Luz Danse at Art-image, Gatineau.
1990 1st Prize, Aviva Art Show, Toronto.
1987 Faculty Purchase Award (O.C.A.).
1986 Elizabeth Greenshields Bursary.
1986 Talens Scholarship (O.C.A.).
1986 Elizabeth Dales Memorial Scholarship (O.C.A.).
1984 Charles W. Mitchell Award (H.S.C.).
SELECTED PUBLIC/CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
City of Ottawa
Casino Lac Leamy, Loto Québec.
Avestin Inc. Ottawa, Ont.
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Revenue, Oshawa, Ont.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, Ottawa, Ont.
Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Montreal, Qc.
High School of Commerce, Ottawa, Ont.
2015 11 28 Le Droit, L'art de la disparition, Reid McLachlan à la galerie Montcalm, by Maud Cucchi.
2015 10 21 Low Down to Hull and Back News, McLachlan puts down brush, picks up tools of yore by Anastasia Philopoulos.
2014 10 Poets and Artists, issue 58, Reid McLachlan curated by Didi Menendez.
2014 04 15 huffingtonpost.ca, These Portraits Sum Up How Artists Really Feel About Stephen Harper.
2014 04 Ottawa Magazine, the Art of Sex by Sarah Brown
2013 11 09 The Ottawa Citizen, PMSH: Portraits at an exhibition by Peter Simpson.
2013 07 31 Low Down to Hull and Back News. Chelsea artist draws from nostalgia by Lucy Scholey.
2012 "100 Curators, 100 Days", featured in this Saatchi Online exhibition.
2012 05 22 CBC TV News Ottawa with Sandra Abma.
2011 08 23 Saatchi Online, painting showcased on "Art We Love This Week"
2011 06 ARTnews, Visual Art Meets Contemporary Dance in Moving Narratives by M. Déziel-Hupé and H. Jamieson.
2011 03 24 Le Droit, Différentes perspectives pour apprécier Ludivine et Sariana by Valérie Lessard.
2011 03 18 ottawasneezers.com, Moving Narratives: Dance Me to the End of Art! by Sterling Lynch.
2011 03 17 EMC Orleans, New gallery exhibit tells moving story, by Charelee Evelyn.
2011 03 14 Guerilla g-Gallery, Moving Narratives blends painting and performance by M. Déziel-Hupé
2011 02 03 CBC TV News Ottawa with Sandra Abma.
2009 08 07 CBC Radio One: All in a Day with Adrian Harewood.
2009 08 06 EMC News. Artist couple in first joint show by Rosalyn Stevens
2009 08 04 Low Down to Hull and Back News. Parallel Lives by Phil Jenkins.
2009 07 21 The Ottawa Citizen. Respect, not Ripoffs by Paul Gessell.
2009 07 06 Guerilla g-gallery. Painters Pay Canadian Homage by Tony Martins.
2007 11 19 La Rotonde, Entre corps et toile by Valérie Mandia.
2007 05 26 The Ottawa Citizen, A regal row by Paul Gessell
2006 01 25 The Low Down to Hull and Back News, Reid McLachlan – Mirroring the human soul by C. Joyce.
2006 01 07 The Ottawa Citizen, Kindred Spirits… by Paul Gessell
2005 05 14 Le Droit, De la fatalité chez Reid McLachlan by Claude Bouchard.
2004 12 04 Le Droit, Errances humaine by Claude Bouchard.
2004 08 05 The Ottawa Citizen, Canvassing the city, We search the region for favoured artists by Paul Gessell
2004 02 12 Voir, Last Call by Suzanne Richard.
2004 01 23 The West Quebec Post, Reid McLachlan: Is it the artist, the art or us? by Fred Ryan.
2004 01 22 The Ottawa Citizen, Revealing an artist’s dark side by Paul Gessell.
2004 01 17 Le Droit, Histoire urbaine et inexorable destin by Claude Bouchard.
2003 08 06 CHUO FM, Click Here with Mitchell Caplan.
2003 07 02 Low Down to Hull and Back News. Industry, decay and gods of Chelsea’s McLachlan by K. Sandford.
2003 06 28 Le Droit, L’année de la chèvre by Claude Bouchard.
2002 01 18 West-Quebec Post, Chelsea Artist Depicts the Alchemy of Metals by Lisa Joannis.
1999 06 WHERE Ottawa-Hull, What's On Right Now by Melanie Scott.
1999 04 29 The Ottawa Citizen, Outaouais artist's work rich in symbolism by Paul Gessell.
1999 02 13 CJOH TV, Regional Contact with Kathie Donovan.
1998 09 13 CBC Radio, Artscape with Sandra Abma.
1997 05 29 Ottawa Xpress, Communication through Hopscotch by Andrea Smith.
1997 05 24 The Ottawa Citizen, All (that talent) in the Family by Paul Gessell.