Jack Reilly - Representational / Mixed Media Paintings
Although Jack Reilly is best known for his abstract paintings, he also works across the boundaries of abstraction and representational painting with his complex shaped canvases that integrate figurative painting with process-based abstraction. These multi-faceted pieces address numerous issues combining modernism and classicism with historical and social narrative. Recognized by art critics as "quintessentially postmodern," Reilly explores this combination with his unique approach to addressing conceptual and visual aspects of contemporary painting.
The Love and Myth Series
Reilly's new “Love and Myth” series (2017-2018) defies the current proliferation of negativity, division, and hatred in our society, through the depiction of both representational and abstract beauty coexisting within a shared visual context. The figurative sections of each piece are based upon mythological stories that depict aspects of beauty and love in their numerous manifestations. The abstract sections consist of textural mixed-media elements (including gold and silver leaf) juxtaposed directly alongside the figurative section. 

The"Love and Myth" series, coming to bG Bleicher/Gorman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA in September 2018.

Eros and The Girl
Young Eros and the Girl" 46x22 Inches, Oil, Acrylic Polymers, Grout, and Gold Leaf on Shaped Canvas, ©2017

"Lysander and Hermina - A Mid Summer Night's Dream" 46 x24 inches, Oil, Acrylic Polymers, Grout, Variegated Gold Leaf on Shaped Canvas, ©2018
Jupiter and Callisto by Jack Reilly
"Jupiter and Callisto" 49x25 inches, Oil, Acrylic Polymers, Grout, Silver Leaf, Gold Leaf on Shaped Canvas, ©2017
Adam and Eve
"Adam and Eve" 48x25 inches , Oil, Acrylic Polymers, Grout, and Vaieigated Gold Leaf on Shaped Canvas, ©2017

The Classic Series
(1987-1990) Classical subject matter is combined with geometric shaped-canvas structures. These works incorporated a range of media including oil, acrylic, carved wood and gold leaf on shaped canvases that are piled up to five levels deep. Sections are bolted together and integrated with fragments of gilded frames. In a review for ARTWEEK, Nancy Ann Jones writes: "Through his choice of subject matter, stylistic painting excursions and titles, Reilly has created quintessentially postmodern works" 
The Convergence Period
(2002-2006) Eclectic mix of abstraction, representational painting, classical, historical and popular imagery combined with richly textured surfaces, cast bas relief and mosaics, all on a singular-level shaped canvas. These pieces simultaneously comment on a variety of artistic issues ranging from postmodernism to aspects of popular culture, politics and the human condition. "Fresh, postmodernist whole is the name of the game," Josef Woodard: Los Angeles Times.

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