John O'Reilly, ‘Apartment Interior (Boucher)’, 1981, Rago


John O’Reilly's inclusion in the 1995 Whitney Biennial by Klaus Kertess brought success and increasing critical praise to his endlessly inventive compositions. O'Reilly was, at the time, completely unknown - a 65-year-old artist who had lived for the past 30 years in Worcester, Massachusetts, working as an art therapist at a state-run hospital for the mentally ill. For many years he had only shared his work with close friends. He is known for his photographic collages which often include art historical references. The images often juxtapose family photographs, reproductions of works by Vermeer or Caravaggio, and gay pornography. O'Reilly carefully collages dichotomous imagery that have surreal effects. He has created several series dedicated to figures such as Marsden Hartley, Hart Crane, and Henry James, all who struggled with their sexuality. His work has been the subject of numerous group and one man exhibitions and is included in collections of numerous museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover.--Courtesy of Rago Auctions

Allan Stone Gallery, New York, December 1982 - January 1983

LeSuer, Caude, "Adieu to Trademarks!" Artspeak, December 9, 1982

Allan Stone Gallery, New York

About John O'Reilly

American, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

Miller Yezerski Gallery, 
The War Years: 1942 - 1943