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 aspects of 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 visual, formal, and narrative terrain, which is rarely considered by today's contemporary artists.
The Classic Series (1988-1990) 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" 
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Above: "Young Eros and the Girl" 46x22 Inches, Oil, Acrylic Polymers, Grout, and Gold Leaf on Shaped Canvas, © 2017
Below: "Adam and Eve" 48x25 inches , Oil, Acrylic Polymers, Grout, and Gold Leaf on Shaped Canvas, © 2017

from the new "Love and Myth" series, coming in March 2018 to bG Bleicher/Gorman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Jack Reilly - Adam and Eve

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Convergence Period (1999-2006) explores an 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.


© 1988-2017 Jack Reilly