John Reilly’s paintings are spontaneous studies done in oil. His subjects range from belly dancers to corporate executives, quiet churches to roaring roller coasters, all painted in vibrant colors. Reilly uses his subjects to express his passion for variety and spontaneity. Bold use of color is tempered by sensitive brushwork. His goal is to capture the unique visual essence of his subjects.
John Reilly, critically acclaimed and award-winning New Jersey artist, was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1942. John received his early art training at the School of Art and Design (formally The School of Industrial Art) in Manhattan, where he studied advertising art. By age twenty-three he operated a mid-town based sales promotion agency, eventually expanding the business to service such accounts as Bacardi Rum, Johnson and Johnson, Nabisco and KLM Airlines. John began painting in 1985 with the same focus, creativity and energy that drove his success in advertising. He studied painting in NYC at the Art Student’s League, the National Academy of Design with Sam Adoquei, and privately with Burt Silverman and Everett Raymond Kinstler. In New Jersey, he attended the Newark School of Fine Art.
John’s exhibition history includes such venues as Nabisco Gallery, Audubon’s Artists’ at the Salmagundi Club, and the National Academy of Design. He has had one person shows at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, the Watchung Arts Center, the Somerset Art Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Specialized Hospital. He demonstrates figure painting for art associations throughout New Jersey.
John Reilly also does commissioned portraits, murals, and other commissioned works.