Title: Philoctetes
Size: 75cm x 100cm
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Additional Information
Philoctetes was one of the Greek commanders who set off to invade the city of Troy with Agamemnon, Achilles, Odysseus etc. He was the owner of the famous “Bow of Hercules” which the great hero had given him as he died. The bow and poisoned arrows never missed their target. On the journey towards Troy the fleet stopped off at Tenedos to make a sacrifice to the God Apollo. Unfortunately, Philoctetes was bitten on the ankle by a poisonous snake and the would festered and would not heal. The Greeks were forced to leave Philocetes on the Island of Lemnos as they could no longer suffer the stench of his wound or his constant anguished cries of pain. Philoctetes survived alone on the island with the help of his bow and arrows, hunting the animals and birds which lived there. After 10 years, the Greeks were forced to return to Lemnos in order to persuade Philoctetes to journey with them to Troy after a prophet foretold that they could not take the city without the Bow of Hercules. Troy was eventually taken with the help of Philoctetes who shot the Trojan prince Paris with a poisonous arrow. Paul Reid


About the Artist

Curriculum Vitae

1975 - Born in Scone, Perth, Scotland

1994-98  Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, First Class Honours in Drawing and Painting. Awarded Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship and John Kinross Scholarship-Studied in Madrid and Florence.

2004         Accompanied His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on trip to Italy, Turkey and Jordan, completing a series of paintings and drawings based on the visit.

2009         Accompanied HRH on a visit to Canada.

Solo Exhibitions

2017         Gods, Heroes and Beasts, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2015         Myth Making, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2014         The Art of Myth Making, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate

2013          Mythologies, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2009          Paul Reid, The John Marchant Gallery, London

2008          Paul Reid, Perth City Museum and Gallery (Touring exhibition) Dundee University Art Gallery (Touring exhibition)

2007           Paul Reid, Hull University Art Gallery (Touring exhibition)

2004           Orion, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2003           Apollo & Pan, Art London with The Scottish Gallery

2002           New Works, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

1999           The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Group Exhibitions

2018            The Scottish Portrait Awards, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh and Glasgow

' Light and Shadow', Tennants  Auctioneers, Leyburn

' From the Sublime to the Concrete', The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

'Ferens Open Exhibition', The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

'Delusional Art Competition', Jonathan Levine Projects, New Jersey, USA

2017             RSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

'175 Years of Art', The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2016             W Gordon Smith Award Exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh


His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, The Royal Scottish Academy, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council, University of Dundee Museum, The Fleming Collection, 108 Fine Art, Collection of J.K.Rowling

Selected Biography

'Paul Reid Revives Greek Mythology in Painting', Hi-Fructose Magazine Online Edition, September 2018

'Paul Reid', Art Maze Mag Issue 6, Guest curated by Kristian Day, 2018

'Paul Reid (in conversation with Derrick Guild)', Turps Banana Painting Magazine, Issue 18, 2017

'Myth and the Art of Paul Reid' & 'The Art of Myth Making', Catalogue essays by Bill Hare, 2014 & 2015

Edinburgh Festival Exhibition Catalogue essays by Jan Patience and Derrick Guild, 2013

Edinburgh Evening News, Interview and article by Sandra Dick, August 2013

'Paul Reid', Touring exhibition with 108 Fine Art, Catalogue essay by Laura Gascoigne, Foreword by HRH Prince Of Wales, 2007

'The Dictionary of Scottish Painters', 1600 to the present, Julian Halsby and Paul Harris, 2010

'Six of the Best Painters Point the Way Forward', Ian Gale for Scotland on Sunday, 2005

'A History of Scottish Art', Selina Skipworth & Bill Smith, 2003

'Myths Remade', Ian Gale for Scotland on Sunday, 2002

'Paul Reid, New Works', Philip Long, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Catalogue essay 2002

'Art Tomorrow', Edward Lucy Smith, 2002

'Best of Young British', New Statesmen, July 2002

'Rising Stars in the Arts Firmament', John Russell Taylor for The Times, 1999

'Artists Eye Art Review', Main Feature, November 1998