JACK REILLY is known for his complex paintings on shaped canvas structures. His artistic career began in Los Angeles during the late 1970s, and he is recognized as one of the original artists of the Abstract Illusionism movement. Throughout the years, Reilly has maintained an affinity for working with shaped canvas, complex visual systems and meticulous technique. Primarily known for his abstract work, his diverse painting styles show an artist capable of avoiding classification and working in both abstraction and representational painting. Reilly's paintings are exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and included in numerous public and private collections. Major public art commissions include a forty-foot painting, executed in enamel on steel, for San Diego County, and an eighteen foot shaped-canvas painting commissioned by American Airlines. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant.

"Jack Reilly exhibits skills comparable to those employed by majicians and lauded architects." Diane Calder: ARTSCENE. "Fresh, postmodernist whole is the name of the game," Josef Woodard: LOS ANGELES TIMES. "Quintessentially Post Modern," Nancy Ann Jones: ARTWEEK. "Completely Outrageous," Marlena Donahue: LOS ANGELES TIMES. "An innovative use of mixed-media materials is combined with a sense of Baroque restlessness," Edward Lucie-Smith: AMERICAN ART NOW.
Major Periods
Shaped-Canvas Abstraction: Geometric shaped canvas paintings investigate pictorial depth and expressive color within abstract and illusionistic formats. Complex structures contrast fluid and richly polychromed bands of expressive and theoretical color systems (mid 1980s-ongoing). The Basic Object: Two-dimensional surfaces take on ambiguous characteristics of three-dimensional objects, as illusionary shaped canvases straddle the line between painting and sculpture. Densly textured brushstrokes are organized in linear formats based on mathematical systems and intuitive color patterns (2006-2014).


Early Shaped Canvases: Reductive canvas structures contrast linear elements of hard-edge color to create the illusion of layered planes within an abstract, non-objective format (early 1980s). Minimalist Abstract Illusionism: Hard-edge, linear elements contrast against color-field backgrounds resulting in a synthesis of abstraction and illusionary three-dimensional space (late 1970s).
Classic Series: Classical subject matter is combined with layered geometric structures, incorporating a range of media including oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on shaped canvases, integrated with fragments of gilded frames (1988-1990). Convergence Period: An eclectic mix of abstraction, representational painting, classical, historical and popular imagery combined with richly textured surfaces, bas relief and mosaics, on a singular-level shaped canvas (1999-2006).
Jack Reilly _ Balancing Act - California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO)
Pictured above: Jack Reilly - Balancing Act, retrospective exhibition at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, 2016. (featured sculpture piece by Betty Gold)

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