(born 1947) is a British artist and anarchist with connections to the situationists. His work, featuring letters cut from newspaper headlines in the style of a ransom note, came close to defining the image of punk rock, particularly in the UK. His best known works include the Sex Pistols album Never mind the bollocks, heres the Sex Pistols and the singles “Anarchy in the UK”, “God save the Queen” based on a Cecil Beaton photograph of Queen Elizabeth the second, with an added safety pin through her nose and swastikas in her eyes, described by Sean O’Hagan of The Observer as “the single most iconic image of the punk era”),”Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays in the sun”.
Reid’s design for the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK.” poster—a ripped and safety-pinned Union Flag—is regarded as the pivotal work in establishing a distinctive Punk Visual Asthetic.
He was educated at John Ruskin Grammar School in Croyden. With Malcolm McLaren, he took part in a Sit in at Croydon Art School.
Reid produced a series of screen prints in 1997, the twentieth anniversary of the birth of punk rock. Reid has also produced artwork for the World Music fusion band Afro Celt sound system.
Jamie Reid created the ransom-note look used with the Sex Pistols graphics while he was designing Suburban Press, a radical political magazine he ran for five years.
His exhibitions include Peace is Tough at The Arches in Glasgow, and at the Microzine Gallery in Liverpool, where he now lives. Since 2004, Reid has been exhibiting and publishing prints with the Aquarium Gallery, where a career retrospective, May Day, May Day, was held in May 2007.He now exhibits and publishes work at Steve Lowe’s new project space the L-13 Light industrial workshop in Clerkenwell, London. He is also represented by Isis Gallery who look after Reid’s extensive archive.
Reid has also been involved in Direct action campaigns on issues including the poll tax, Clause 28 and the Criminal justice bill.
His former partner was the actress Margi Clarke, with whom he had a daughter, Rowan.
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