In the early to mid 1980s, Jack Reilly's paintings departed from his minimalist formal compositions, which were painted on traditional rectilinear canvases, towards increasingly complex shaped canvas designs. Simultaneously, the color bands evolved into more gestural configurations as Reilly further explored illusionary and pictorial space in abstract painting. Although these paintings are completly flat, the richly-painted linear imagery appears to be suspended in space over the blank surfaces of layered geometric shapes.
During the 1990s and continuing into his present work, Jack Reilly's abstract paintings grew in complexity as his shaped-canvas structures took on radical geometric configurations and the color bands became far more gestural and amorphic. In these works, Reilly further challenged traditional ideas of illusionary and pictorial space, executed within an abstract painting context. Work from this extremely prolific period led to the inclusion of Reilly's paintings in numerous corporate and private collections and major public art commissions.
Jack Reilly - Circles of Time, 2016
Pictured above: "Circles of Time" 2016, Acrylic on Shaped Canvas
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