Geraldine O’Reilly is a visual artist working in the mediums of painting, drawing, print-making and photography. She lives and works in Thomastown, Killucan, Co Westmeath, Ireland.
She has an honours degree and Diploma in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin 1982. For many years following art school she worked as a community artist. In 1989 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to New York City to research Irish emigration and Irish/ American Labour History. The research was used as the basis of her first major exhibition JOURNAL. She has many solo exhibitions. She has shown in group exhibitions throughout Ireland, England, France, Belgium, USA, Sweden and Tasmania, Australia. In 2012 she won a per cent for art commission for Offaly County Council the theme for which was to explore the Grand Canal and County Offaly.. For this commission she created a pop up exhibition in a folder. In January 2013 she completed a commission for Dublin City Council Public Art Programme.
She has received many awards for her artwork and in 2004 she was elected a member of Aosdana for her contribution to the arts in Ireland. She is a long time member of the Graphic Studio Dublin which is a fine art printmaking workshop and gallery. She was elected a member of the board in 2004 and elected chairperson in 2008. She was elected a member of Blackchurch Print Studio in 2012. In 2011 she was elected a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland. She is a long- time member of the Visual Artists Association and is a member of the Fulbright alumni.
She has held a number of important residencies: The Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA, University of Tasmania, Australia, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan, Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Firestation Artists Studios, Dublin. In 2003 she was artist in residence at Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands and following the residency she lived on the island for a further two years and had a one person exhibition of drawings at the islands art centre, Aras Eanna. She returned to live in County Westmeath in 2005 and started work on the exhibition ‘A Circuitious Line- which visually detailed the journey back to the midlands. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition with an interview conducted with the artist by the writer Dermot Healy. In April 2013 O’Reilly exhibited at Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Co Mayo. She had a month long residency at the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, France for month of July 2013.
Her work is held in many private and public collections such as the Office of Public Works, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Trinity College, Dublin, The National Gallery of Ireland, The Chester Beatty Museum and Library, Mc Mullen Museum, Boston College, USA, SUNY (State University of New York), University of Tasmania, Australia, National College of Art, Mater Hospital, Galway University Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Tullamore and Monaghan Hospitals, Monaghan County VEC, RTE, National College of Art and Design, Offaly County Council. She recently had a series of her work purchased for a new museum dedicated to the Irish famine, An Gorta Mor/The Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, New Haven, CT, USA.