Angela Reed Breese
Angela Reed Breese PWCS is a Chester County, PA-based artist
specializing in both fine and commercial art. Currently the creative
director of her own graphics studio, REED Design, the artist also
creates bodies of work using acrylics, collage, photography,
textiles, and natural elements.
Breese’s graphic design work encompasses decades of awardwinning
work in television, advertising, publishing, private industry, and for individual clients.including ABC Television, The Washington Post, Lascaris Design-International, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and
The National Archives, among others. Additionally, Breese has been
an adjunct professor of Typography Design and Communication
at Hood College, Frederick, MD.
The artist is a graduate of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia,
PA, where she earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree. She also
attended Temple University-Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia,
PA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and Georgetown
University, Washington, DC.
My paintings take license with color and shape in the form of semi-abstract marks and gestures. I’m more concerned with the movement
or energy the forms take than a representation of the objects
themselves. I want to take the viewer on a ride to a place between
realism and expressionism. A place that feels fresh and joyful like
music or dance when all the elements are aligned and you are very
much “in the zone”.
I usually begin by making sweeping intuitive gestures sometimes
adding stamped icons or shapes building the painting from there.
Acrylics are the medium of choice for me because of their rapid drying ability; but I sometimes add graphite or oil pastels for particular layering effects.
I pay homage to many influences among them: Grace Hartigan,
Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline Richard Diebenkorn, Henri Matisse, Howard Hodgkins, Frida Kahlo and an abstract form of Japanese calligraphy known as bokusho and finally to Nelson Groffe, my high school art teacher, who sent me on the path.