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)


Solo Exhibitions

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, Deutsch 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