My external sensory experiences that come from natural and manmade materials, forms and color are the basis for the spontaneous compositions that I produce. I start fast and finish slow, so that the work can develop reactively into complex new realities. I am fascinated by how one can influence the other, how they either collide or repel, and how they can blend into a harmonious co-existence.
With black and white works, I intentionally create ambiguity between what is positive and negative space in the compositions. For works in color, I often use micro pointillism to optically blend complementary colors. The result is a subtle vibration on the picture plane that keeps the viewer’s eye scanning the painted surfaces.
R. Wayne Reynolds was born in Arlington, Virginia on February 22, 1953. A visit to the National Gallery of Art at the age of five, combined with regular visits to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum made an impermeable impression that formed the foundation for his love of art and nature, and set the standard for his creative work.
After receiving his BFA in Painting from The Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1975, Mr. Reynolds founded a Baltimore based company devoted to the 500 year old craft of gilding. His professional career as a Gold Leaf Conservator brought in museum clients and private collectors from all over the country. Working as a conservator provided extensive exposure to world class art, but it took twenty three years before he returned to making his own art. Selling his company to Sotheby's and moving to New York in 1998 was the catalyst for that to resume. He began to exhibit his work in 2009 for the first time since college.
R. Wayne Reynolds Consulting LLC
Master Gilder & Senior Collection Consultant
Julius Lowy Frame and Restoring Company Inc.
New York, NY
Founded Giltwood Restoration
Gilding services: museums, fine art collectors, antique dealers and interior design clients
NYC and Metropolitan Area
Head of Gilding Department
Sotheby's Restoration, Claverack, NY
Frame Conservation Department
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Founded R. Wayne Reynolds, Ltd.
Company specializing in the 500 year old craft of gilding.
Conservation treatment was provided for historic gilded picture frames, mirror frames, furniture, and decorative arts objects for museums and private collectors nation wide.