CFAP Leslie Reid

Llewellyn II 59°04′N; 134°05′W

Medium: Oil and graphite on canvas
Dimensions: 81 x 127 cm
Date: 2014

Llewellyn Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in British Columbia. It is an outlet glacier of the Juneau Icefield, which sits along the northern end of the Coast Mountains of Alaska and British Columbia. In August 2013, CFAP artist Leslie Reid visited this largely inaccessible site by military helicopter. This ancient, frozen slow-moving glacier is filled with debris, but in highlighting its icy white-blue coloration and placing it against a cloudless, aquamarine sky Reid draws attention to its fragility. She challenges our understanding of its dimensions and her location by excluding its base and any recognizable figural or physical elements. Together, its fragility and indefinable size signify the glacier’s vulnerable status due to global warming.



Kaskawulsh III 60°44′N; 138°04′W

Medium: Oil and graphite on canvas
Dimensions: 81 x 127 cm
Date: 2014

The Kaskawulsh Glacier extends from the northeastern slope of the St. Elias Mountains in the Yukon Territory. Meltwater flows into the Pacific Ocean and the Alsek and Yukon River system in the north. Recollections of her Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) father’s 1940s mapping flights in this area inspired Leslie Reid’s participation in CFAP. Her own military flight resulted in personal photographs whose aerial perspectives seemingly flatten the surrounding mountain ranges so that the dominant features are the glacier and its meltwaters. Based on one of these, in this painting layer after layer of barely tinted glaze subtly highlights or shadows particular elements to create a harmonious whole. The multiplicity of paint layers creates a sense of movement across and through the surface that references the internal and external movement of the glacier system itself. The particular flatness of her subject, however, reveals its debt to her original photographic image and, in so doing, sensitively honours her father’s work.