David Reed's art cannot be discussed without a reference to the legacy of American Abstract Expressionism. At the same time, his work has been compared to Baroque and Mannerist art. The artist has likened the marks in his work to the billowing cloaks that cover figures in Baroque paintings. Yet he believes contemporary art needs to be radically reinvented to be relevant to the present. "During the Renaissance and Baroque periods they had a wonderful religious light that came from above," he said. "Today we have a technological light, the light of a TV, movie screen, or computer monitor, which is directionless and increases the intensity of every color."
In addition to their unexpectedly lush tones and Technicolor palette, the voluptuous, polished surface of this work is achieved by using transparent layers of paint and various glazes, which are sanded down to obscure the artist's hand. The illusionistic effect is almost photographic or cinematic. The intensity of Reed's elongated canvas is reinforced by his deep understanding of contemporary color and light combined with his expert handling of paint.