James Rielly is a British artist currently living and working in France where he is a Professeur at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. Rielly attended Belfast College of Art, Belfast, North Ireland in 1980-81 and Gloucester College of Art & Design, Cheltenham, the UK from 1975-78.
Rielly's works are subtle yet inherently dark. Central to the works is a slightly twisted portrayal of rites of passage. In highlighting certain features and roles in children, Rielly's pieces act to bring out the dysfunctional nature of adults.
Rielly completed 'Who Loves the Sun' as part of his residency at Auckland Print Studio in early 2019. The folio suite of Rielly's lithographs is full of delicate and wonderfully textured prints with thin transparent layers of built-up ink. Like his other works on paper, the lithographs have a unique blotted atmosphere and beautiful surface within which the images materialise and vibrate with the clever use of repetition.
Rielly is widely collected and regularly exhibits his works internationally to high acclaim. His works have been the subject of solo shows such as Sensible Ways, Musee des Beaux-arts de Nates, France 1997; James Rielly, CAN, Centre d!Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland 1998; La Box, Bourges, France 2014. James Rielly, Ty Hyll : Exposition. Cabinet des dessins Jean Bonna, Beaux-Arts de Paris, France 2015.
As well as many group shows including Sensation- Saatchi collection, Royal Academy, London 1997; Outlook, Athens 2003, curated by Christos M Joachimides; Donation Florence et Daniel Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris 2014; We lived our lives in the spiritual not the material world, 2016, Stories for Mexican ghosts and children of all ages, 2018, Galeria Estereo. Mexico and Quel Amour!? Musée D'art Contemporain (MAC), Marsailles, France 2018.
Rielly has completed numerous residencies including The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, USA 1984/85, Kunstlerhause Bethanien, Berlin 1988/89, and The Momart fellowship, Liverpool Tate gallery, 1995. Rielly is represented by Monteverito in Paris, France; Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany; Galeria Herrero De Tejada, Madrid, Spain and Galería Estéreo in San Pedro, Mexico.