Natalie Reis

Artist Profile

This emerging artist has already caught the attention of noted critics and collectors. Reis’s most recent work reflects a rich and complex aesthetic. Her large-scale pieces embody at once the figurative, the allegorical, the theatrical and the popular by juxtaposing various symbols and icons that occupy our collective consciousness. Through her elaborate compositions, in which the play between subjects is at once artificial and psychoanalytical, Reis aims to illustrate the tension that exists in our relationship with visual language today – an anxiety that underlies our sense of mistrust in face of concocted realities.

Reis’s art practice begins with the accumulation and appropriation of found imagery. By creating an illusionary environment in which she mingles and merges icons, symbols and references from mythology, art history, news and popular culture, the artist attempts to disarm the viewer’s sense of perception. She demonstrates a clear interest in the ambivalence between reality and fiction. While a political and clearly feminist tone underlies the ambiguity of Reis’s works, their aesthetic, at once graceful and disturbingly primal, buoyed by a masterful technique, serves first and foremost to stimulate and challenge the viewer on a sensory level.

Natalie Reis obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Waterloo University. From now on, she lives and works in Montreal. She received some prices and distinctions from the Funds of research on culture and society and the Sylvia Night Award attributed by the University of Waterloo. She has shown her work in numerous collective and solo shows, especially at Galerie Trois Points, Galerie Division, Usine C, centre Plein Sud, the Artery Gallery and the Chelsea Galleria, in Miami. Her work is part of some private and publics collections like the Giverny Capital collection and Fasken Martineau.

2016La Presse + | Éric Clément
 VIRÉE DES GALERIES | Sérénité et racines | 12 mai
2016La Presse + | Éric Clément
 ARTS VISUELS | La Collectionneuse intense | 16 avril
2014Montreal Rampage | Victoria Shinkaruk
 Entrelacs Gallery Exhibit | 11 juillet
2014Magenta Magazine | James D. Campbell
 Natalie Reis | 24 avril
2014Galeries Montréal | Mélodie Hébert
 Galeries Montréal au Armory Arts Week 2014 | 12 mars
2014Art Daily |
 Quality reigns in VOLTA NY's stellar seventh edition | 12 mars
2014Canadian Art | Bill Clarke
 Report: Canadian Art Highlights at the New York Fairs | 12 mars
2014Posture |
 Artists to Watch Out for // Highlights of VOLTA NY | 11 mars
2014Montréalistement | Normand Babin
 Deux visions féminines | 5 mars
2014Je suis féministe | Valérie Lefebvre-Faucher
 Un filon en art contemporain | 25 février
2014The Belgo Report | Bettina Forget
 The Belgo Report Podcast – Episode 9: Ticking Clocks and Toxic Beauty | 23 février
2014Montreal Rampage | Rachel Levine
 Natalie Reis Faces Down the Pink Elephant in the Room | 21 février
2011Esse, No 73 | Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre
 Natalie Reis, Toxic Cornucopia | 10 septembre
2010The McGill Daily | Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite
 The shadow of an "ism" | 21 janvier
2009Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal | Bettina Forget
 Vanda Daftari & Natalie Reis | 17 août
2009Revue ETC | James D. Campbell
 The Dark Side of our Culture | 1 mars
2009The Belgo Report | Bettina Forget
 Dismembered Members | 21 janvier
2008Usine C | Usine C
 As you were | 6 septembre
Echo, Kitchener | Shelly Potzold
 Cowgirls & Penises #3 |