Elizabeth O'Reilly and Double Black House

Elizabeth O'Reilly's realism is an unfussy mediation on light.  Peter Malone reviews her most recent exhibition at George Billis Gallery for Artcritical

This latest exhibition consists of several groups of paintings, including a series of pictures completed on the grounds of St. Mary’s City, a restored colonial settlement forty miles south of Annapolis, Maryland. O’Reilly concentrates here on the dark, somber silhouettes of relic farmhouses that seem to trap the brilliant Chesapeake sunlight in triangular black holes. So effective is the contrast between their mysterious gloom and the brilliant hues of the surrounding environment that one is tempted to make more of the gothic context than the paintings actually address. Designed centuries ago to shelter the inhabitants from what was then the mortal hazards of weather and landscape—precisely the elements that frame those same buildings today in bucolic stillness—O’Reilly bends her focus away from a conceptual presentation of the site’s historical circumstance and trains it on the stillness that remains. read more

Double Black House, Oil on Panel, 11 X 19”, 2012

Gray House, Night, Oil on Panel ,12 X 7.5", 2012

Pink Path and House, Oil on Panel, 15 X 15”, 2012

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