Michael O’Reilly’s hallucinatory landscapes playfully investigate the psychological impact of hot, exotic and remote climates and are reminiscent of the literature of authors such as H. G Wells and William Golding. The maelstrom of movement created within each image twists familiar narratives into swirling, biting, chomping moments that continually sway between struggle and grace.
O’Reilly is based in London. He has a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools and a BA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art. He is currently an apprentice Scenic Painter at the Royal Opera House. Recent exhibitions include Saltwater, CABIN gallery, London (2015), Islands of the Blest, Strand Gallery, London (2015), Rover, HSBC Headquarters, London (2015), Neo Print Prize, Neo Gallery, Bolton (2014) and Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2014). O’Reilly recently completed a two year residency at Sevenoaks School, Kent.