Reid Edgeworth was born in September, 1973 in Winnipeg and has lived here all
his life. For as far back as he can remember Reid knew that art was his calling
and the direction he would take. In public school, whether
or not it was part of the coursework, Reid was always drawing. "That was my
approach to everything. I didn't learn what art really was or what it
entailed until I reached university, but it was always my interest and focus."
Reid enrolled at the University of Manitoba and four years later
graduated with a degree in Fine Arts in 1995. He has done his share of
travelling to places like Italy (Venice, Florence and Rome), England,
France and Switzerland to see the artwork of the great masters. "Also,
as a requirement of the Fine Arts program, you are required to travel to the States to
places like Minneapolis and Chicago to see and study the art there,"
Reid adds. He also travelled across Canada touring as a musician
with his band: "While I was doing my Fine Arts degree I was playing in
a band at night and after I graduated I took off with the band full time for a couple of years.
We played all original music, not a cover band. It was a great fun time
and I got to meet a lot a good people. We were a three-piece band; lots
of screaming guitar-blues oriented high-octane rock-and-roll. I sang
and played guitar. It was a creative endeavour and a big part of my life, but it didn't last forever. I think that art and music are all drawn from the
same well: it's all about expression and creativity. At that point in
my life that's how I wanted to express myself. Once I wanted to settle
down, I came back to art."
"The reason I went into teaching was that when I was growing up I
had an art teacher who inspired me and was a really powerful influence. Until that point, I had always known
that I wanted my life centered around art, but what that meant I didn't
know. After meeting this individual who was a mentor to me I thought
that this was a direction I could take. So I went into the Faculty of Education and
focused on art education as my major."
Reid graduated with a B. Ed in 1999. That same year, he married his
childhood sweetheart (they met when they were fourteen). "She's always been around,
putting up with me; and we're raising our family (two daughters)
together," Reid asserts with a smile. He was offered a permanent
position immediately as soon as he graduated. It's a position he holds
to this day- teaching high school art in the Pembina Trails school division.
"It's a really fulfilling career. I like that age group. My whole
focus everyday is the creative process. I get up, I go to a room
that's full of people struggling with the challenge of expressing themselves creatively.
Teaching is not for everyone and
not for a lot of artists; but for me I enjoy being surrounded by this environment of
creative struggles and breakthroughs, and the genuine relationships you make with students. I really
like the human aspect of teaching art.
Usually I get to spend more than a semester with them as most of them go
through the whole three-year program and are there because they want to
be there. Over that time you really get to see a lot of personal growth
and see them mature as artists and as people. I also think that in
teaching art, I've learned a great deal about art. When you're teaching
the kids, in a sense you're breaking apart the process to show them the
techniques or concepts you're trying to illustrate, you're rediscovering
the elements that go into the act of creating something."
Edgeworth's teaching position also allows him time in the summer to
pursue his own art projects. Sometimes during the school year he'll
work evenings and weekends as well on his own artwork but he tries to
never let it interfere with his family, who come first in his life.
"Why do I create art? I don't do it because it's convenient that's for
sure! It's a struggle. It's demanding and it takes up a lot of time;
but in my free time I'll still go downstairs to try to figure out what I
want to express about my ideas about the world and try to struggle with
creating something. It's incredibly fulfilling, but at times the
process can be torturous. It's something you have to fight with,
struggle and practice for it to progress; it's a challenge. I don't
look at art as a comfortable hobby but as something you need to work on
continually and struggle with to take yourself to new places."
"I've experimented with every type of wet and dry media including
sculpture, but right now I want to explore only painting. There's
something I really like about the silence of that world, painting; in
that you're presenting so much of yourself, silently. People have to
walk up and investigate it and they can't ask any questions: they have to
think about their own answers."
Reid has found his Mural work to be very rewarding, and is selective as
to which projects he takes. With his teaching, he is not dependent on
his income as an artist; so he has the luxury of choosing those projects
he thinks have some kind of value and only those projects he feels
strongly about. "Mural work is not suitable for all artists. Not all
artists want to attempt to transfer their skills to the much larger scale of a public
Mural. The whole process is somewhat different. It's very physical,
plus you have the elements and the weather. It's not at all private,
you're putting yourself out on display as you work so
it's tougher to be introspective. Also, Murals are almost always a
commissioned piece whereas smaller personal pieces on canvas often are
not. You are working for a client and attempting to express the
client's wishes onto the wall. Even though you don't have complete
freedom when working in this situation, there's still plenty of room and a
framework to do some pretty creative things on any given Mural
A kind, soft-spoken and gentle man, Reid is not concerned about the
quantity of his output but rather the quality and nature of it. He
admits that he is not exactly diligent when it comes to self-promotion.
He does not exhibit at present, although is continually working on his own collection of pieces.
Regardless, he always manages to find work, or vice-versa. As
mentioned previously, he has to feel something for a project and have it
mean something to him before he will take it on. "I have no idea what's
going to happen in the future with Murals. But I know that art is my
life and that I've decided to commit my life to pursuing and
understanding the creative process. I am an artist and a teacher, and
that's the way I have chosen to make meaning of my life- through art.
I'm not worried about how many walls I'll do; I just want to do good
Reid Edgeworth lives in North Winnipeg with his wife and two
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Reid's Winnipeg Murals.
Click here to view Reid's Portugal themed
mural in the Rest In Peace section.