Micheal Reilly received his first camera at age six and was heavily influenced by his father, who was an avid photographer. After retiring from a career as a commercial photographer, Reilly now creates vivid, hyper-saturated digital images that begin with a simple photograph, but then are heavily manipulated through digital programs. He describes his work as “Abstract Organics” and all of his images are printed on 16-gauge aluminum using a dye sublimation process that perfectly mimics his vivid colors.
“My art is the expression of my soul. It is my illustrated vision, the world I see ... or want to see. I want to stretch your imagination, and I come as the naked stranger, exposing my inner feelings and urges, my lust for color, a mild insanity, and my happiness. Joy, I hope, is a primary response – and surprise. I think what I offer is new and unique. It’s me, the real me.” –Micheal Reilly’s Artist’s Statement
Reilly studied in Commercial Art at the University of Louisville, but within a few years, at the age of 24, he had started his own commercial photography studio. The rapid growth of his business enabled Reilly to travel the world creating advertising images for an estimable roster of clients, many of whom were Fortune 100. He was one of the pioneers introducing digital imaging into the commercial photography industry, was featured several times in the industry trade magazine, Photo District News, and was a frequent featured speaker at the International Photo Symposium in New York City.
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Education: Self-taught in photography and art (starting at age 6)
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