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Road to Waitati c.1964
Dunedin Street Scene

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Sold 133 works for
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Where to buy or sell art works by William James (Bill) Reed

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International Art Centre
Sold 157 works for
Dunbar Sloane
Sold 17 works for
Sold 11 works for

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 Art Gallery of New South Wales 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.

The total number of works by Bill Reed offered for sale by auction since 1989 is 270, of which 206 (76%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $11,363 for Maori Fisherman with Nets sold by International Art Centre in March 2002. This year 2 works have been offered for sale. Works by Bill Reed are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery.

William James (Bill) Reed is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McGahey, Kate. The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists Painters Printmakers Sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000. Page 209
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.

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