James  Rielly

James Rielly was born in Wales (UK) in 1956. He currently lives and works between Paris (FR) and the South of France.

The highly characteristic works of British painter James Rielly focus on the clichés, ideologies and metaphors of children. Creating subversive and at times surreal portraits of bright-eyed, school-aged youths, Rielly addresses notions of societal tension and pictorial tradition. His most well-known series are Casual Influences (2000) and Sensible Ways (96-97), which consist of large-scale portraits inspired by stories and images taken from local newspaper articles. Through the act of highlighting certain features and roles in children, Rielly’s pieces bring out the dysfunctional nature of adults.

Rielly has shown his paintings in a number of solo exhibitions since 1983 including Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, Centro de Arte de Salamanca (CASA), Salamanca, Spain, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA, among many others. In 1995 he was awarded a MOMART fellowship at Tate Gallery and in 1997 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize. He has been Professor of Painting at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France since 2006.

Didier Semin. Translation by Cole Swensen.

James Rielly, Le Box, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Le Box, Bourges, France, 2014.
James Riellu, Ghosts series, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Riellu, Ghosts series, 2015, watercolor on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm each.
James Rielly's studio in France, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly’s studio in France.
James Rielly, Standing stone man, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Standing stone man, 2014, watercolor on paper, 28 x 19.5 cm.
James Rielly, Random acts of kindness, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Random acts of kindness, 40 small paintings. Sensation Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 18 September- 28 December 1997.
James Rielly, Random acts of kindness, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Random acts of kindness, 2018, glaze on ceramic plate, 25 x 25 cm.
James Rielly, Holy mountain, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Holy mountain, 2017, oil on canvas, 28 x 30 cm.
James Rielly, Let me bend over backwards for you, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Let me bend over backwards for you, 2017, oil paint on linen, 25.5 x 31 cm.
James Rielly, Only happy when you are happy, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Only happy when you are happy, 2017, oil paint on linen, 204 x 183 cm.
James Rielly, Only happy when you're happy, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Only happy when you’re happy, 2017, oil paint on linen, 204 x 183 cm.
James Rielly, Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork in my mouth, watercolour on paper, 84 x 119 cm.
James Rielly, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, The boy with sad eyes, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, The boy with sad eyes, 2018, oil paint on linen, 51 x 46 cm.
James Rielly, Without rhyme or reason, In love, 2017, oil paint on linen, 183 x 204 cm.
James Rielly, Hesitate, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Hesitate, 2018, oil paint on linen, 51 x 46 cm.
James Rielly, With or without God on our side, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, With or without God on our side, 2017, oil paint on linen, 125 x 104 cm.
James Rielly, Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork in my mouth, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork in my mouth, 2017, animation.
James Rielly, First, second and third, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
First, second and third, 2014, watercolour on paper, 28 x 39 cm.
Man with suitcase, 1997, oil paint on linen, 46 x 36 cm.
Six Eyes, 2014, watercolour on paper, 38 x 28 cm.
Happy black bird, 2014, ink on paper, 39 x 28 cm.
Walking backward towards Europe, 2017, oil paint on linen, 51 x 46 cm.
James Rielly, Installation view - Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork in my mouth, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Tears, 2018, oil paint on linen, 61 x 51 cm.
Ghosts working with fears and inhibitions, 2017, oil paint on linen, 61 x 51 cm.
Jesus with six arms, 2014, watercolour on paper, 38 x 28 cm.
Man in the Park, 1989, oil paint on linen, 46 x 36 cm.
Thinking about things, 2014, watercolour on paper, 38 x 28 cm.
James Rielly, Make yourself desirable, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, Make yourself desirable, 2017, oil paint on linen, 198 x 168 cm.
James Rielly, St Cwyfan, Monteverita, Monteverita Paris
James Rielly, St Cwyfan, 2014, watercolor on paper, 19.5 x 28.5 cm.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork  in my mouth, Monteverita, Paris (FR)
2017

James Rielly, Flowers, Ghosts and Insects, A few short Stories, Galeria Herrero De Tejada, Madrid (SP)
2016
Thinking things through, New Art Projects, London (UK)
We lived our lives in the spiritual not the material world, GE Galeria, Mexico (MX)
Knock on wood, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich (DE)
2015
Everything is something else. Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin (IR)
Ty Hyll, Cabinet des dessins, Jean Bonna, Beaux-Arts de Paris (FR)
Image on the edge, galerie l’inlassable, Paris (FR)
2014
Ty Hyll- the ugly house, The Studio, Llandudno, North Wales
James Rielly, Cabinet des dessins
Punch Me, La Box, Bourges (FR)
Ty Hyll, The Studio, Llandudno, North Wales
2013
When I was young I would sit in the bath and ideas would come to me, now I am old I sit in the bath, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA. (USA)
2012
James Rielly, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munchen (DE)
Nothing and something, Galerie Charlotte Moser Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva (CH)
2011
What wisdom , Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York (USA)
2010
Spirits in the sky, Gallery Wittenbrink, Munich (DE)
2009
James Rielly, I M Art Gallery, Seoul (SK)
2008
Things that go bump in the day, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento (IT)
New Works on Paper, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough (UK)
Proposal for 200 little ideas, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva (CH)
2006
Tell Me a Story, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York (USA)
Full of Possibilities 2, Galeria Ramis Barquet, Monterrey (MX)
Nipples, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid (SP)
2005
Life of Rielly, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (UK)
2004
Outside Looking Out, Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York (USA)
Made in France, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (FR)
2003
Made in East London, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid (SP)
Rex Irwin Fine Art, Sydney (AUS)
Late and Early, a split-site installation at the Round Room, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (UK) 
Made in East London, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid (SP)
James Rielly, Rex Irwin Fine Art, Sydney (AUS)
Late and Early, a split-site installation at the Round Room, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (UK)
2002
James Rielly, Centro de Arte de Salamanca (CASA), Salamanca (SP)
James Rielly, Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)
London Ghosts and Party Animals, Galerie Voges & Partner, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
James Rielly « , Studio D!Arte Raffaelli, Trento (IT)
James Rielly, Archimedes Staffolini Gallery, Nicosia (CYP)
2001
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (UK)
Edward Mitterand Gallery, Geneva (CH)
Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York (USA)
2000
Casual Influences, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales (cat.).
1999
Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York (USA)
1998
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (FR)
CAN, Centre d!Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel (CH)
Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke (BE)
Laurent Delaye Gallery, London (UK)
1997
Sensible Ways, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes (FR)
1996
Laurent Delaye Gallery, London (UK)
1995
Laurent Delaye Gallery, London (UK)
1994
Laurent Delaye Gallery, London (UK)
1993
Berning and Daw Fine Art, London (UK)
1992
Galerie Wittenbrink, Munic (DE)
1990
Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich (DE)
1989
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE)
1988
Alexander Roussos Gallery, London (UK)
1987
Carlile Gallery, London (UK)
1986
Carlile Gallery, London (UK)
1985
Bayer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
Hudson D. Walker, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
1984
Hudson D. Walker, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
1983
Artist in Residence, Art & Research Exchange Galley, Belfast (IR)

Group Exhibitions

2018
Quel Amour !?, [mac] musée d’art contemporain, 13008 Marseille (FR)
2017

Gallery Artists. GE Galeria, Mexico City (MX)
Gallery Artists. Galeria Herrero De Tejada, Madrid (SP)
Round Colours, Monteverita, Paris (FR)
Microsalon 7, galerie l’inlassable, Paris (FR)
2016
Utopie Pictural 3, Galerie Forma, Geneva (CH)
galerie l’inlassable, Paris (FR)
2015
galerie l’inlassable, Paris (FR)
2014
House of Helfa, Llandudno, North Wales
Home, The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax (UK)
Donation Florence et Daniel Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
2013
Friends and Family, Eva Hober galerie, Paris (FR)
Utopie Picturale, Ville Dutoit, Geneva (CH)
Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva (CH)
Galerie Nosbaum and Reding, Luxembourg (LUX)
2011
The Painter, the Draughtsman, the Dealer and their LoversVoges Gallery, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Gallery Artists, Wittenbrink Gallery, Munich (DE)
2010
Works on paper, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva (CH)
2009
Fate and Freewill, Cas, New York (USA)
2008
Hope and Despair, curated by Bob Matthews, Cell Project Space, London (UK)
Philippe Cognee & James Rielly, Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse (FR)
2007
El rey de la casa (King of the house), Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona (SP)
Paper Baglady and Other Stories, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (UK)
2006
World-Gone-Mad, curated by Bob Matthews, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (UK)
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Limehouse Arts Foundation, London (UK)
2005
XS, Galeria Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid (SP)
Spoilt Rotten, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales.
(…) The duck was still alive, Abbaye Saint-Andre, Centre d!art contemporain, Meymac (FR)
2004
Contre-Images, Carré d!Art, Nimes (FR)
Summertime in the City, Archimedes Staffolini Gallery, Athens (GR)
2003
Outlook, curated by Christos Joachimedes, Benaki Museum, Athens (GR) (cat.).
Anthropography, Frissiras collection, The Frissiras Museum, Athens (GR)
Child in Time: views of contemporary artists on youth and adolescence, Gemeentemuseum Helmond (NL)
Childhood, CASA Centro de Arte de Salamanca (SP)
Telling Stories, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago (USA)
Il Grande Freddo, curated by Luca Beatrice, In Dres, Turin (IT)
Once Again, curated by Jane Harris in collaboration with Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (UK)  (cat.).
2002
Portraits, Edward Mitterand Gallery, Geneva (CH)
Intimacy, Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth (UK)
Disturb, 1st Public School of Hydra, Hydra (GR)
La tête de l!emploi, organised by FRAC Auvergne, Centre Culturel Valery Larbaud (FR)
Fame and Promise, 14 Wharf Road, London (UK)
2001
Snakes, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Nikolai Fine Art, New York (USA)
Love You Always, Damasquine Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Strictly Painting II, Voges & Deisen Gallery, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
2000
The Double, The Lowry Art Centre, Salford, Manchester (UK)
La Spiritualità Nell! Arte’ Da Boccioni a Serrano, Santuario di Oropa, Biella (IT)
James Rielly, Sophie von Hellermann, Markus Vater, Pat O!Connor, Jeffrey Dennis, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (UK)
Drawings, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York (USA)
 Y2K Fine Arts from the UK, Archemedes Staffolini Gallery, Nicosia (CYP)
1999
(Corps) Social, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR)
Arts Council Collection, Towner Art Gallery and Museum, Eastbourne (UK)
Growing Up Post Modern, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois (USA)
Fresh Paint, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (SCO)
British Portrait 1 – James Rielly, Studio d!Arte Raffaelli, Trento (IT)
1998
Sorted, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (UK)
Tell Me a Story: Narration in Contemporary Painting and Photography, Magasin – Centre National d!Art Contemporain, Grenoble (FR)
1997
Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London (UK)
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (DE)
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York (USA) (cat.).
Les Péchés Capitaux: La Gourmandise, Musée National d!Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR)
Afternoon in the Park, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London (UK)
B.O.N. GO, Bricks and Kicks, Vienna (AUS)
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (UK)
Pure Fantasy, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales.
Men on Women, Oriel Gallery Theatre, Clwd, Wales.
1996
Galerie de la Tour, Amsterdam (NL)
Whitechapel Gallery Open, Delfina Studios Trust, London (UK)
1995
John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 19, Liverpool (UK)
Making it: process and participation, Tate Gallery, Liverpool (UK)
Galerie Wittenbrinck, Munich (DE)
1994
Gilmour Gallery, London, (UK)
The Fete Worse than Death, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London (UK)
1993
East, Norwich Gallery, Norwich (UK)
1992
London Buddhist Centre, London (UK)
1991
Britannia Works, London (UK)
1989
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE)
1987
Carlile Gallery, London (UK)
Christopher Hull Gallery, London (UK)
1986
Groucho Club, London, UK.
Recent Acquisitions Show, Art Association Gallery and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
1985
Bayer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
New Figurations, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
1984
Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
Art Association Gallery and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts (USA)
1983
New Heritage – Welsh Arts Council, Oriel Gallery, Cardiff (GB)

Public Collections

Arts Council of England (UK)
Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens (GR)
Fonds National d!Art Contemporain (FR)
Frissiras Collection, Athens (FR)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (FR)
Saatchi Collection, London (UK)
Sintra Museo de Arte Moderna (PT)
Tate Gallery, London (UK)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (UK)
La Collection du FRAC d!Auvergne (FR)
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (UK)
CASA Salamanca (SP)
The Deutsche Bank Collection (DE)
Wurth Collection (SP)

Catalogues and Publications

2010
Spirits in the sky, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich (DE)
2008
James Rielly: Things that go bump in the day, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento (IT)
2006
Richer, Francesca, Rosenzweig, Matthew, eds. No 1: First Works by 362 Artists.
Painting People, Charlotte Mullins, Thames and Hudson.
James Rielly, Watercolours, essay by Martin Herbert. Timothy Taylor gallery, Galeria Ramis Barquet.
2005
Happy Birthday: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in the Deutsche Bank, James Rielly’Birdbox, 2003, colour illustrations, p.189.
Life of Rielly, essay by Marc Oivier Wahler, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (UK)
2004
Contre-Images, essays by Régis Durand, Françoise Cohen and Daniel Buren, Carré d!Art, Nîmes (FR)
2003
James Rielly, essay by Roy Exley, Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid (SP)
Outlook, curated by Christos Joachimedes, Benaki Museum, Athens (GR)
2002
James Rielly, interview by Maite Lorés and essay by Dan Fox, Centro de Arte de Salamanca (SP)
James Rielly, essay by Jean-Charles Vergne, FRAC d!Auvergne (FR)
2001
James Rielly, essay by Dan Fox, Timothy Taylor Gallery (UK)
2000
James Rielly, essay by Emma Anderson, Oriel Mostyn Gallery (UK)
The Double, essays by Emma Anderson, Gilda Williams, The Lowry Art Centre (UK)
5,6,7,8,9,0 – CAN, essay by Marc Olivier Wahler, Centre d!Art Neuchatel (FR)
La Spiritualita nell!Arte Da Boccioni a Serrano, essay by Alberto Fiz
The Saatchi Gift to the Arts Council Collection, The Arts Council of England, London (UK)
James Rielly, Vergne, Jean-Charles (ed.), La Collection du FRAC d!Auvergne 1900-2000, FRAC d!Auvergne (FR)
1999
(Corps) Social, L!Ensba, essay by Éric de Chassey Sorted, essay by Dave Freck, Ikon Gallery (UK)
Tell Me A Story, essay by Yves Aupetitallot, Le Magasin Centre National D!Art Contemporain, Grenoble (FR)
Cork, Richard, Young British Art: The Saatchi Decade, Booth-Clibborn Editions, London (UK)
A Companion Guide to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (UK)
1997
Sensation: Young British Artists from The Saatchi Collection (exhibition catalogue), texts by Brooks Adams, Norman Rosenthal, Richard Shone, Martin Maloney and Lisa Jardine, London: Thames and Hudson in association with the Royal Academy of Arts.
Sensible Ways, essays by Stuart Morgan, Arielle Pélanc, La Salle Blanche, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (FR)
Jerwood Painting Prize !97, text by Judith Bumpus, Jerwood Foundation (UK)