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 Gil Reid  (1918 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: Wisconsin/Missouri      Known for: railroad views, illustrations

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is based on an article, "Artist Gil Reid," published in Railroad Heritage Magazine, spring 2000, submitted to AskART by the author, John Gruber:

The favorite paintings this artist created are based on his boyhood experiences with steam locomotives, especially the 1930s in Indiana.  As an adult, he established a studio in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, near the Canadian Pacific Main Line.

He has done numerous calendars for Amtrak from 1977 through 1993, and as a result traveled to many interesting locations for subject matter. However, most of his paintings are from memory, but for detailing on special items such as locomotives, he paints from photographs.

Before World War II, he worked for Montgomery Ward in Chicago doing paste-up for catalogs and creating advertising brochures.  He took the elevated to work, which he enjoyed.  He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for two years and formed a close friendship with artist Howard Fogg.

Reid's reputation caught on from December 1940 when he began line-drawings of locomotives in Trains magazine.  In November, 1941, he joined the Army and met writer Ernie Pyle, who mentioned Reid's skills in his book . This attention brought Reid special attention and commissions.

After the war, he continued to do much illustration, and in 1956, moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he became a staff artist for Trains magazines, blending "historic accuracy with drama" and adding a family tie.  In 1978, he left the magazine to paint full time and has continued into his later years.

"Reid jokes that he has a multi faceted personality with one interest, railroads.  That accounts for the amazing strength of his artistic endeavors for some 60 years.  It's a proud record of contributions to the railroad artist tradition."

Added note:
Gil Reid died on January 2, 2007.

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