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Sculpting the surface of canvas with thick layers of paint, Reilly creates dramatic textures that test the sculptural limitations of paint. In recent work, he has added color to his traditionally minimalist palette, giving an urban and graphic feel to the compositions. In this piece, stark black and white are accented by metallic bronze and gold tones.
Myke Reilly was born in San Diego in 1961. He became interested in painting with the support of his uncle, Jerry Reilly, a mid-century landscape painter. In 1978 Reilly moved to San Francisco where he would work as a recording artist, interior designer and digital media designer for many years. At the age of 50, Reilly began painting dramatic, large scale abstract paintings and murals that draw on the work of abstract expressionists and minimalists. In his paintings, expressive organic black lines expand across backgrounds of mottled white. His works are a study in the drama of high contrast and texture. Reilly’s work has been shown throughout the Bay Area and has caught the eye of interior designers for its dramatic appeal. He currently spends his time between Buenos Aires and San Francisco and runs a design collective named The Happy Collective in San Francisco.
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