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Arien Reed (he/they)

Fine Artist, Muralist, Commission Artist

Location:

Yosemite Mountain Area & Central Valley, CA (U.S.)

Media:

Acrylic, oil, ink, watercolor, spray paint, charcoal

Subjects:

Portraits, Figurative Compositions, Animals, Landscapes, Plants/Flowers

Artist Statement

I am a mixed media artist whose paintings, drawings, and murals speak to the experiences unique to gender-diverse people and to the need for marginalized communities to be understood, valued, and respected. The current international lack of diverse representation in art has, in part, led many people to believe that minority genders are new, inferior, or even non-existent. To address this, I use art to increase transgender visibility, raise awareness about gender diversity, and encourage love and unity. 

Artist Bio

I currently have artwork on permanent exhibition at the Fresno EOC LGBTQ Resource Center. My recent exhibitions have been at the Fresno Arts Council, Arts Visalia, and the Brandon-Mitchell Art Gallery in Visalia. My art has been featured in Cream City Review, ArtWife, High Shelf Press, Trans Muted, TransJoy Media, and other art journals. When not making art, I am a family caregiver, and I am also a volunteer board member of Trans-E-Motion. In 2021, I was the recipient of the Monochrome Award from the J. Mane Gallery. 

Work Experience

Education

 

2022-Current, Mastery in Oil Painting and Mixed Media, Milan Art Institute (unaccredited)

 

 

Grants & Awards

 

2021   Winner: Monochrome Art Contest, J. Mane Gallery, online, for Androgynous

2005   Winner: Regional Art Contest (Best of Show for All Categories), Yosemite, CA, for angel

2005   Winner: Regional Art Contest (1st place in Youth’s Category), Yosemite, CA for untitled

2004   Winner: Regional Art Contest (1st place in Youth’s Category), Yosemite, CA for cat watercolor

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2024  Group Exhibition, Transgender History, Brandon-Mitchell Gallery, Visalia, CA

2024  Solo Exhibition, Arts Visalia, Visalia, CA

2024  Solo Exhibition, Fresno Arts Council, Fresno, CA

2023  Group Exhibition, TRANScending Talent, Brandon-Mitchell Gallery, Visalia, CA

2023  Group Exhibition, Identity, Arts Visalia, Visalia, CA

2022  Group Exhibition, LGBTQ Artists, The Virtual Gallery, Online

2022  Group Exhibition, Pride Month, Studio 659, Whiting, IN

2021  Group Exhibition, Monochrome, J. Mane Gallery, Online

 

 

Teaching Assignments

 

2023   Art Night Instructor, Fresno EOC LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Fresno, CA

 

 

Commissions

 

2023   Private Mural Commission, spray paint on exterior wall, Delle

2023   Commercial Mural Commission, acrylic & oil on canvas, Misty Holder Hair Salon

2023   Private Mural Commission, spray paint on exterior wall, Rivka Schaffner

2023   Private Mural Commission, spray paint and acrylic on interior wall, Stacy Williams

2023   Private Mural Commission, spray paint on exterior wall, Reed Residence

2023   Private Art Commission, mixed media portrait, Staci Yarborough

2023   Private Art Commission, oil wedding portrait, Amber Connors

2023   Private Art Commission, acrylic family portrait, Willy Ahlin

2022   Private Mural Commission, spray paint on exterior wall, Reed Residence

2022   Non-Profit Art Commission, oil portrait of Daniel Aston, Jess Bear on behalf of LGBTQ EOC Resource Center, Fresno, CA

2022   Private Art Commission, oil portrait, Katie Hanft

2021   Private Art Commission, charcoal portrait, Sukey Hayer

2020   Private Art Commission, watercolor portrait, Staci Yarborough

2019   Private Art Commission, acrylic baby portrait, Jessica Hansard

 

 

Publications

 

2023   Listen and Unbinding, Trans Muted

2023   Damaged, Trans Joy Media

2023   Them Fatale, Cream City Review

2022   Happy Despite…#3, Artwife

2021   Androgynous, J Mane Gallery

2020   Self-Portrait as Child but with Short Hair and Creations, High Shelf Press

2020   River Eastwood, Aydian Dowling, and Andreja Pejic, The Raw Art Review

2020   River Eastwood, UL-LitMag

2020   Roots, Flumes

2020   Transition, J. Mane Gallery

2020   Pre-T, Beyond Words

2020   Transition and Pre-T, Infinity Room

2017   Colin Borey, Desperation, Fenris, and Nabil Reed, National University’s GNU Journal

Work Samples

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Portfolio

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Murals

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Commissions

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