REILLY is known for his complex
paintings on geometric shaped canvas structures. As
one of the foremost American painters working with shaped canvas,
for the past three decades Reilly has maintained his affinity for
purity and simplicity in painting, albeit shrouded in complex visual
systems and laborious technique. Reilly's work is exhibited in galleries
and museums and is included in numerous public and private collections
internationally. 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 for Los Angeles International Airport. In addition to his
longstanding career as an artist, Reilly is currently the Art Department
Chair at California State University Channel Islands.
"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
Densly-polychromed and textured brushstrokes are organized in linear
formats around mathematical and intuitive systems on
Two-dimensional surfaces take on ambiguous characteristics of three-dimensionality
as geometric canvases straddle the line between painting and sculpture.
Lyrical abstraction combines complex
shaped-canvas structures and
illusionary pictorial space. A period of major public art commissions.
1980s Dimensional Abstraction:
Mutiple layers of physically suspended shaped canvases. Lyrical
abstraction combines geometric planes with organic bands of
textured polychromatic color.
1980s Abstraction: Complex
shaped canvas structures investigate
illusionary depth and pictorial space within geometric abstract
1980s Abstraction: Shaped
canvases: development of minimalist shaped structures combined with
linear elements of hard edge color.
1970s Abstract Works: Early
abstract paintings combine
illusionary space with color field and hard edge painting. A synthesis
of abstraction merged with illusionary pictorial depth.
Media Early and late 1990s: An
eclectic mix of abstraction and classical painting, integrated with
rich textures, bas relief, mosaics and guilded surfaces on shaped