Born in Brooklyn, New York, 1942, John Reilly received his early art training at the School of Art and Design in Manhattan, where he studied advertising art. By age twenty-three he operated his own mid-town based sales promotion agency, eventually expanding the business to service such accounts as Bacardi Rum, Johnson and Johnson, Nabisco and KLM Airlines.
John began painting in 1985 with the same focus, creativity and energy that drove his success in advertising. He studied painting in New York City at the Art Student?s League, the National Academy of Design with Sam Adoquei, and privately with Burt Silverman and Everett Raymond Kinstler. In New Jersey, he attended the Newark School of Fine Art.
John?s exhibition history includes such venues as Nabisco Gallery, Audubon Artist?s at the Salmagundi Club, and the National Academy of Design. He has had one person shows at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, the Watchung Arts Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Children?s Specialized Hospital, the Clarence Dillon Public Library. He received the honor of being the local artist chosen to be featured on the 2009 calendar, created for the Peapack Gladstone Bank. John lives in Califon, New Jersey.