July 1, 2005 through August 13, 2005
Gallery reception for the artist: Saturday, July 16, 2005, 6 to 8pm
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Most of these photos are available for sale, matted and framed.
Charles Reilly for more details about purchasing his artwork.
Charles Reilly was born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up
in a suburb of New York City. At 23, after an extended trip through
Europe where he intensively photographed his surroundings, Charles
returned home with the aim of learning photography. He enrolled in
night classes at the
School of Visual Arts in the City and studied with
Helen Buttfield and Julio
Mitchel, among others.
Before long, he was assisting in
commercial photography studios in New York, and for ten years he
supported himself as a studio photographer specializing in music
performance and portraiture.
In 1988, disappointed with the
business, Charles closed shop and returned to live in Brooklyn, and
on New Year's Day, 1989 took a picture out his apartment window of a
tree, a bare tree, cradling a tiny birdhouse. He called it
"Homecoming", and it signaled to him the beginning of his life as an
It was a beginning punctuated by a
robbery at gunpoint in his home, and in 1990, after completing
classes he'd begun at the
International Center of Photography, he left New York and
settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe, so
different culturally and visually from anything he knew back East,
he began making photographs in the old adobe city after dark.
Several first edition prints of these Santa Fe images, in
medium, are part of the current exhibition.
In 1993, Charles moved to San
Francisco to live with his girlfriend, who is now his wife. He
took a job at a fine art auction house,
Bonhams + Butterfields,
and became lead photographer and manager of photography studios. He
stayed on ten years and in 2004, left to begin the work of an artist
full time. Charles Reilly now lives in Oakland with his wife Jane and
their daughter Shoshana.
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