Utilizing a quiet, delicate palette, Reilly’s ethereal work combines realistic representation with immersion into an imagined, mysterious dream space. He begins with a white gypsum ground on canvas or panel and uses pastels and watercolor as an underpainting, which he then seals with molten wax. Layers of encaustic are applied to the foundation, each layer fused with a heat gun. Sometimes he adds opaque watercolor, selectively removed here and there to reveal the original layers. The effect is one of swimming through the sea, coming upon a magical coral reef where you hover, suspended within beauty, gazing enchanted at the seen and the almost seen, accessing dreams of worlds beyond worlds.
Christopher Reilly was born in New York in 1967, attended the School of Fine Arts there, and currently lives and works with his wife MICHELLE HAGLUND, also an accomplished artist, in California.
More images of Reilly’s work, as well as those of Michelle Haglund, can be viewed at: Meyer Gallery: http://www.meyergallery.com
-- Rosemary Carstens(Top left: Dansel Flies; right, Untitled Branch)