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Ireland 1963

I am a magpie, but a very particular one.
I go for objects or views that are shinny to me. Sometimes I may use the object directly through filming, or I may make a mould of the object and cast it in wax. I start by casting an object that appeals to me perhaps because of its shape or maybe it fits in with some other piece or just because I like the look of it .
In Film and sound I usually start out by trying to realize a particular idea but again I can add and remove pieces until it feels right, and this can happen over a long period. These pieces can sometimes cross over into print and take on a different form and meaning.
Simply put my working method in all materials is very Sculptural, basically sticking things together until they seem right and work for me.
The work itself tends to have a slightly dark element, of course in terms of colour and weight but there is humour perhaps a little perverse and slightly hidden but it is there.

Ben Reilly at
OPEN STUDIOS September 2017
OPEN STUDIOS December 2016
Ben Reilly // Showcase Project
OPEN STUDIOS September 2016

More at

Ben Reilly: Portrait

Wood, wax, and gold leaf. 60 x 40 x 12 cm.  2014

Ben Reilly: Breath (still)

Breath (still)
Combined digital and analogue supper 8 film and audio by Giordai UaLaoghaire. 2016.

Ben Reilly: Mickey

Wax pigment and wood, 34 cm x 22 cm. 2014.

Ben Reilly: Bambi

Bronze. 28 x 13 x 14 cm. 2016

Ben Reilly: Zeppelin

Metal. 210 x 60 x 20 cm. 2016

Ben Reilly: Zeppelin (detail)

Zeppelin (detail)

Ben Reilly: I

wax, metal and pigment. 220 x 60 x 60 cm. 2015

Ben Reilly: I (detail)

I (detail)

Ben Reilly: Howe

Metal, Plastic and wax. 180 x 30 x 30 cm.

Ben Reilly: I and Zeppelin Installation view, Uillinn Gallery in West Cork, December 2015

I and Zeppelin Installation view, Uillinn Gallery in West Cork, December 2015



2003 Cinema Caradiso, Cork Art Trail, Wansford Quay. Film projected inside a Renault 4 van converted into a cinema.

Winchester School of Art, England
MA Fine Art Sculpture, Distinction, 1998-1999

University College Cork
BA Archaeology, Single Honors, 1991-1995

Crawford College of Art, Cork
Diploma Fine Art, Distinction, 1983-1987

Dun Laoighaire School of Art, Dublin
Visual Education Certificate, 1982-1983

Solo Exhibitions and Events

2012 Cyclops, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

2011 Pluto, Stadtmuseum Borken, Germany; as part of the Munsterland Festival Part 6

2010 Zeppelin, South Tipp Art Centre Clonmel.

2009 Submarine, Galerie R31, Neukölln, Berlin.

2008 Balaclava, Print exhibition, Limerick printmakers Gallery.

2004 & 2005 Films selected for Super Eight Festival Cork.

2004 Frau Von Havel, Short film selected for Cork film Festival 2004.

2001 Culvert, 16mm film project with Cork Film Centre. / Quiet Exhibition with Marc Reilly, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin.

2000 Body, Sirius Art Center, Cobh, Co. Cork as part of Cork Institute of Technology Arts Festival. /
Asleep, Installation project. City Morgue, White Street, Cork.

1998 Moving. National Sculpture Factory, Cork.

1997 Blimp. Touring show. Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, and Triskel Art Centre, Cork.

1996 Gob. Touring show. Linnenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar Co, Mayo, and South Tipperary Arts Centre Clonmel, Co, Cork.

1995 Relief. Café Paradiso, Cork.

1994 Perigrinatio. Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee.

1993 Recent Work. Belltable Art Centre, Limerick.

1992 Recent Work. Aula Max, University College Galway.

1991 Recent Work. Triskel Art Centre, Cork.

1990 First Solo. Riverun Gallery, Temple Bar Dublin.