Artist of the Month: Michael O’Reilly
Michael O’Reilly graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, where he exhibited his work for the annual School Show in June 2013. The RA Schools Show is the annual graduation exhibition for a new generation of international artists, when the studios are turned into gallery spaces hosting works of 17 third-year students from the UK, Germany and Singapore who followed the steps of artists such as JMW Turner, John Constable and John Hoyland.
O’Reilly often compares the touch of his brush to Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea”: how the fisherman carefully studies the marlin’s movements under the water, the artist concentrates on the mediums which potential is to powerfully evoke sensations within different landscapes.
His imaginary and sometimes idyllic landscapes resemble real sceneries where he places mystifying objects and figures that in fact relate to personal reminiscences and produce psychological relationships between conflicting feelings.
The artist gets inspiration for his works everywhere, from photographs to collages, but especially from everyday encounters. These can be anything he sees while walking in the street as well as meeting people.
Since 2008 he has participated in several group and solo shows, such as Generation 10, organised by Candlestar in collaboration with Hyatt Regency, and has been awarded last years’ Edna Rose Weiss Prize for figurative painting. He is currently working as artist in residence in Sevenoaks School, Kent.