“There have always been two sides to my work – the esoteric and the political… I’m a druid and I’ve always believed that, much as you need political change, you also need spiritual change.”
Achieving worldwide acclaim with the explosion of punk on the 1970’s music scene, Jamie Reid worked with the Sex Pistols creating the iconic album cover for ‘God Save the Queen’ and ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’.
Jamie Reid’s unique vision articulates and gives form to some of the key issues of our times. Responding to the ever-increasing attacks on our civil liberties and shared common spaces with passionate anger and savage humour, his best known work features letters cut from newspaper headlines in the style of a ransom note.
Born in 1947 and raised in Croydon, London, Jamie Reid comes from a very politically active family. Keen to highlight ways in which we can mobilise our energy and spirituality his work is collected by celebrities including Vivienne Westwood, Madonna and Angelina Jolie.
Having collaborated with street artist Shepard Fairey to produce a series of powerful contemporary political images focusing on climate change and the banking crisis, political activism has, and continues to be the driving force behind Jamie Reid’s artistic output.