William James (Bill) Reed (1908-96) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1908, William James Reed studied at Cantebury School of Art along with his lifelong friends Rita Angus, Olivia Spencer Bower and Russell Clark.

He was influenced by tutors John Weeks and Archibald Nicholl.

He served with the Army medical Corps in the Pacific from 1942 to 1944, becoming an unofficial war artist.

On his return he became a teacher, working first at the Dunedin School of Art and later at Otago Polytechnic.

A modernist artist, he frequently drew inspiration from the Pacific region. His works are widely represented in New Zealand public collections.

Reed died in 1996. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Maori Fisherman with Nets
Highest Price:
Maori Fisherman with Nets
Oil on board, 60 x 44 cm
Fine Art Auction, International Art Centre, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings116105A$11,363 A$1,281
Works on Paper5845A$10,061 N/A
Prints & Graphics43A$281 N/A

* Calculated on sales over the last three years, where there are a sufficient number of sales over that period.

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