Keith L. Reynolds has been actively painting since 1961. He is an award-winning member of the Society of Illustrators, New York, where he has been a member since 1964. Reynolds is also a member of American Society of Marine Artists. Reynolds established his studio in Connecticut in 1975, and in 1980 served as President of the Mystic Art Association. He moved his studio to New Hampshire in 1989, and Rhode Island in 1998.
His work has been exhibited internationally, and is represented by galleries in New England, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Cannes, France and Osaka, Japan. Reynolds' paintings and prints enjoy popularity in the Far East. For some years he has attended annual exhibitions of his work in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe. His work has appeared editorially in such publications as Yacht Digest, Milano, Italy, Boat Now, Japan, Sail and The Yacht Magazines, U.S.A.
Since publishing his First limited edition serigraph in 1980, Mr. Reynolds has gained international recognition for his prints and posters. His "Duel", the official America's Cup 25 poster (1983) is one of the most popular marine pieces ever issued and is considered a classic. His affiliation with The Cup continued through 1995, including 1987 when he produced the official commemorative print for the Royal Perth Yacht Club, as well as official posters for 'The Americans' syndicate. A review in the Baltimore Sun said "Mr. Reynolds paints clean, highly detailed portraits of turn-of-the-century and modern yachts poised starkly before a blend of seas and sky... his sleek craft seem to cut through like a knife.
Keith was born in Seattle, Washington in 1929, and spent the early years of his life on Puget Sound plying its waters on the fishing boats, tugs and ferries that later would become the subjects of his paintings. Reynolds studied fine art at the University of Oregon, and upon graduation served in the military in the Sea of Japan. He returned to school at the Art Center College of Design to gain a Bachelor's of Professional Arts degree.
Reynolds' professional career has been diverse, from New York designer to President of his own film production company. He also worked as a design consultant to such cultural institutions as colonial Williamsburg, The Smithsonian Institute, and The Hayden Planetarium.
Now, his primary areas of interest are the shores, water and craft of New England. The Chesapeake, Nova Scotia and Florida - though trips to Greece, England, the Far East and the Continent have culminated in well-received canvas and prints. His series on the grand sailing yachts of the turn of the century are some of his most popular subjects. His paintings still reflect the sea he grew up with and as a reviewer once noted, "There is an obvious fascination (in Reynolds' work) with the vast planes of light and space of the sea."