Biography: About John Kilroy graduated from The Art Institute of Boston, where he studied with Norman Baer and Walter Marks. Both these brilliant teachers had a deep historical connection to the Brandywine School and American Illustration, as they were both students of Harvey Dunn, a Howard Pyle student. Early influences on Kilroy were all the great artists involved with the Famous Artists School. He studied figure and landscape painting privately for 10 years with color master Robert Bliss, who was a student of Carolyn Wyeth. Kilroy is especially influenced by the teaching and art of modern master Richard Schmid, whose brilliant, adaptive, grand manner, alla-prima painting techniques and philosophy Kilroy took to heart. John is a member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik painting group, The Putney Painters. He was also inspired to become a painter because of a small group of Taos/Denver artists active collectively in the 1970's. Among this group including Ned Jacob, William E. Sharer, Mark Daily, Len Chmiel, and George Carlson that really influenced Kilroy to open up to the idea of contemporary "Fine Art" impressionistic realism as a personal direction. Particularly influential is also San Diego artist John Asaro who gave Kilroy the knowledge of seeing light, color and the working understanding of sculptural form. A special thanks go to Washington State artist William F. Reese who, in the mid-eighties, got Kilroy to work outdoors, en plein-aire and taught him the essentials of the small sketch and continues to inspire with his excellence, integrity and generosity of spirit. His major historic influences include such masters as Joaquin Sorolla, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin, Nicolai Fechin, to name a few. John Kilroy is a dedicated and popular teacher, his methods reflect the strong sense of responsibility he feels to pass on and improve what he has learned from his perception, studies, work and his artist colleagues. The essence of his artistic and teaching philosophy focuses on the "Live" experience and he incorporates accuracy of perception, combined with direct techniques in all media including music. Clear communication and design are essential as he stresses the effects of light on the subject. Executed both indoors and out, the main emphasis is on identifying the significant visual elements of color and structure translated through the particular media of the moment. This combined with classical, academic and abstract fundamentals of design, drawing, painting and sculpture form the visual language of the modern as well as the "old masters". John Kilroy advocates working from life, capturing the essence in his revealing portraits. Like many painters before him, he feels that every portrait, figure, still life or landscape offers the opportunity to evoke feelings of beauty, awe, reverence and character while maintaining the historic technical integrity of this distinguished craft. He has found over the years that his most successful works are those done directly from life and takes pleasure in passing on his reverence for art, "reality" and life to his students. You can view John Kilroy’s work at www.johnkilroy.com contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-925-0582
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