(July 1, 1945 â€“ June 9, 2009)
Philemon Timothy Reid was an African American Artist and recipient of a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from North Portlandâ€™s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.
Reidâ€™s love for blues and jazz, particularly musicians John Coltrane, Miles Davis and singers Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, was reflected in his colorful paintings and sculptures. Although Reidâ€™s only formal art training was in high school, he developed his own unique style that was heavily influenced by Cubism and the artist Picasso.
â€œPhilemon is part of an artistic movement that took hold in the 1970s that laid the foundation for Portlandâ€™s creative identity today,â€� according to Adrienne Flagg, creative director of North Portlandâ€™s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, where Reidâ€™s art is prominently displayed. The IFCCâ€™s dance studio exclusively showcases his early work. Continue reading