Michael O’Reilly

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Michael O’Reilly

Michael O’Reilly

In the studio O’Reilly is concerned and curious about painterly touch, often comparing the activity of making with Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, where a weathered fisherman visualises the elegant movement his catch beneath the surface.

Born in Cleveland on the North Yorkshire Moors (1988), previously studied at the Royal Academy Schools and Wimbledon College of Art. Currently working in a year long residency at Sevenoaks School, Kent.


<i>Michael O’Reilly – Elevenses</i> 2014 Oil on canvas 37 x 32 ins, (93.98 x 81.28 cms)
<i>Michael O’Reilly, Woodcutter</i> Oil on board 39 x 31½ ins, (99.06 x 80.01 cms)
<i>Michael O’Reilly, Gurge</i> Oil on canvas 39 x 32½ ins, (99.06 x 82.55 cms)
<i>Michael O’Reilly – Plummet</i> 2014 Oil on canvas 40.5 x 34 ins, (102.87 x 86.36 cms)
<i>Michael O’Reilly, Gasp</i> Oil on canvas 47¾ x 60 ins, (121.16 x 152.40 cms)


2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

2014 Artworks Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London

2014 ‘Aftersun’ The Space, Sevenoaks, Kent

2014 The Catlin Guide 2014 Launch: New Artists in the U.K, London

2013 Postgraduate Printmaking in London, Clifford Chance, London

2013 R.A Schools and JM Finn and Co. Culford, East Anglia

2013 Fantasy Landscape, HSBC Headquarters, London

2013 HELP: Hollow Earth London Painters, SIX Spaces, Bournemouth

2013 Royal Academy Schools Show, London

2013 Group show, JM Finn Corporate Offices, London.

2013 Form From Form. Matthews Yard, London

2012 Nature or Nurture. GX Gallery, London

2012 Royal Academy Summer Show, London

2012 Premiums. Royal Academy Schools interim R.A Burlington Gardens, London

2012 Imaginaries of a Mysterious World. The Biscuit Factory ‘The Factory Kitchen’. Newcastle

2010 Hans Brinker Retuning Winners Solo Exhibition Hans Brinker Hotel, Amsterdam

2010 Generation Ten. New young British artists in association with Candlestar and Hyatt Regency, The Churchill Hotel, London

2010 Group Show, The Wimbledon Gallery, London

2009 Hans Brinker Budget Trophey Exhibition, Hans Brinker Hotel, Amsterdam

2009 Abstract Landscapes, Wimbledon, London

2008 Group Exhibition, Deautsch Bank, London


2013 Royal Academy Keepers Print Prize

2012 Edna Rose Weiss Award for figurative painting

2009 Hans Brinker Budget Trophey Award

2009 Prunella Clough Shortlisted Nominee