Reed Hearne

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Reed Hearne is an artist, photographer and writer. He has lived most of his life in San Francisco where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of San Francisco and an MA in English from San Francisco State University. In the late 80s he assisted renowned art historian Carl Loeffler in chronicling the art scene emerging in tandem with digital technology.

Reed uses the camera to collect color, texture and design from subjects that are often ordinary. Mental labels associated with the objects are discarded to form a digital painting that becomes its own subject. As Monet said, “To see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.” I try to steer viewers toward a practiced "way of seeing" that encourages them to appreciate that every visual moment has a structure and beauty that calls out to be experienced directly and fresh. Color form and composition can be elemental tools for the crafting of new, individual and idiosyncratic meaning.

Most of Reed's work can be viewed at ReedHearne.Com. In 2016 and 2017 Reed received Honorable Mentions at the Moscow International Foto Awards as well as the Tokyo International Foto Awards. At Rise Art, he was shortlisted for the Rise Art Prize and most recently was exhibited in New York City and Los Angeles as a Top 20 Finalist at the prestigious FOCUS Photo L.A. for both winter and summer of 2019. His work is in public and private collections in the U.S. and internationally. He hopes never to lose his intense curiosity or passion for engaging the creative process.