Jamie Reid is a British artist and anarchist with connections to the Situationists and is infamous for his acerbic brand of visual anarchy. Jamie Reid’s signature newspaper-cutting graphics have become synonymous with the spirit of British punk rock music, having appeared on seminal Sex Pistols’ punk records of the 1970s including Never Mind the Bollocks, Anarchy in the UK, Union Jack, God Save the Queen and Pretty Vacant.
Political activism has always been the driving force behind Jamie Reid’s artistic output, having created his ransom note style whilst running radical political magazine Suburban Press. His association with different groups, including Druidry, the Situationist movement and more recently the anti-war movement, are all apparent in his artwork which is witty, ethically motivated and always unabashedly rebellious.
God Save The Queen by Jamie Reid is based on a Cecil Beaton photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, 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.’ Reid’s design for the Sex Pistols Anarchy in the U.K. poster which features a ripped and safety-pinned Union Flag is regarded as the pivotal work in establishing a distinctive punk visual aesthetic.
Collectors of Jamie Reid’s work include Vivienne Westwood, Robbie Williams, the Gallagher brothers, The Sex Pistols, Boy George, Green Day, Jonathon Ross, Chris Evans, Madonna, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Angelina Jolie. Her Majesty the Queen paid his Peace is Tough exhibition a visit in Derry, Ireland in 2001, where she commented on the beauty of his work.
Jamie Reid has also been involved in direct action campaigns on issues including the poll tax, Clause 28 and the Criminal Justice Bill. Reid designed the front page of The Times Magazine placing George Bush and Tony Blair on the front with the slogan ‘Lies, Lies, Lies.’ Reid has always played a major role in the Anti-War Movement and his Art has been portrayed world-wide in demonstrations and marches.