Myke Reilly is a San Francisco artist who creates bold and expressionistic modern abstract works. Reilly’s works are large scale, minimal in composition and rely on a limited color palette to explore depth of form.
Reilly’s artistic history can be seen in 3 chapters, as an electronic music pioneer and sound designer with the electro-pop group Voice Farm, as head of the SF design collective The Happy Collective and now as painter-sculptor. In all 3 modalities, Reilly’s ability to merge futuristic minimalism with raw organic forms can be seen and heard.
His unique art studio resides in a converted barn at the epicenter of San Francisco's exploding Mission District, recently spotlighted by international media because of the conflicts between technology giants and displaced artists and residents. The barn, built in 1905 houses a number of other multimedia artists and studio visits are welcomed. To contact us please call 415-297-7053 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in San Diego in 1961 and learned to paint under the guidance of his uncle, mid-century desert painter Jerry Reilly. With his uncle's support and guidance Reilly became a prolific painter at a very young age and spent much of his childhood and teen years in front of his painters easel.
In 1978, At the age of 16, Reilly moved to San Francisco where he attracted significant international success as a recording artist, sound designer, interior designer and digital media designer. He collaborated with many noted artists of the period such as Rex Ray, Tom Bonauro and Charly Brown in the genres of sculpture, film making, and electronic sound installations. His dynamic sense of color and sound translated well into all forms of media and was supported by San Francisco's exploding high technology movement.
At the age of 50, Reilly returned to the easel and created a stunning collection of bold and expressionistic modern abstract paintings which drew immediate attention from designers and collectors on the West Coast. He now lives between Buenos Aires and San Francisco and dedicates his time and vision to creating large-scale paintings and interior murals.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
2017 NAGUCHINO, - solo exhibition. San Francisco, CA
2016 Trunk Show Fundraiser, Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2016 Morgan Design Group - solo exhibition. Menlo Park, CA
2016 MFA Never Archive Project. Root Division. San Francisco, CA
2015 SC Diversity Center Annual Auction, Santa Cruz, CA
2015 Fine Arts Trunk Show. Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 2015 SF Decorator Showcase. Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2014 EMANATE, Solo exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Summer Salon, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Art and Chocolate, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Marin, CA
2012 Myke Reilly - solo exhibition, CB&C Design Studios, San Francisco, CA
2011 Open Studios San Francisco, Shotwell Studios, San Francisco, CA
2001 Martha Graham, sound design, YERBA BUENA CENTER, San Francisco, CA
1997 Gnoman Installation, SF MOMA San Francisco, CA
1992 Opened for Depeche Mode international tour - Madison Square Gardens, New York
1991 Freelove Music Video, for Morgan Creek Records, MTV, Los Angeles, CA
1990 Bigger, Cooler, Weirder, Morgan Creek Records, Los Angeles, CA
1989 “What if?” - Composed music for Levis 501 television campaign - Foote, Cone & Belding.
1984 “F?” Released with Voice Farm and British Record Producer Wally Brill - A&M Records
RECOGNITIONS AND COLLECTIONS 2014 Bentson Foundation, Minneapolis, MN 2014 Winner in the Artslant 2014 abstract art competition - Artslant, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Selected for Artist of the week, Saatchi Art, Los Angeles, California
1991 Billboard top 100, Freelove, Billboard Magazine, New York
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
2014 Lead Presenter / Developer - Creativity Expansion Training, Saratoga Springs, CA
2009-2012 Founder and owner of The Happy Collective Art and Design, San Francisco, CA
2009 Owner and lead designer, - Myke.net Digital Media, CA
2006 Lead Composer CBC Music Studios, San Francisco, CA