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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: coastal view, figure, genre and marine painting

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The following information was submitted in September of 2006 by the artist:

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. 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.

He has years of teaching experience and has developed a number of programs through the years. Numerous art association, North River Art Society, Braintree Art Association, Quincy Art Association.  He has taught at The Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, MA for many years before the demise of the school.  John has built an extensive weekly program at the Fuller Craft Museum incorporating all aspects of the craft of art; design, drawing, painting and sculpture, however the Fuller Craft Museum will no longer be hosting any weekly classes of any kind.  John   continues to teach both the beginner as well as the serious professional artist at the Felos Memorial Art Center  Also, he continues to teach national workshops at such venues as The Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, Arizona and The Lyme Art Association, Lyme, Connecticut.  New venues for next year will also include Bucks County Art Workshops, Pennsylvania.


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John Kilroy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, March 20, 1957, the son of educator and lifeguard John Kilroy, Sr. and municipal employee Edith. He studied at the Art Institute of Boston (1978) and for 8 years with Robert Bliss of Nantasket, MA, Norman Baer, Nathan Goldstein, Penelope Jencks, Walter Marks and John Asaro.

Memberships include Associate, Oil Painters of America; Knickerbocker Artists USA; North River Art Society. Awards include South Shore Art Association (1985, 1990); Tokyo Designers Gakuin College, Print Regional Design Award (1985, 1986); Colorado Springs Art Guild 45th National Juried Show, Juror's Award (1989) and the North Shore Art Society, Marshfield, MA (1997).

Kilroy taught at the Quincy Art Association, Braintree, MA Art Association; Lyme Art Association; North River Art Society; and Cape Cod School of Art.

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Biography from Conservation Design Inc:
John Michael Kilroy graduated from The Art Institute of Boston where he studied with Norman Baer and Walter Marks. Both these 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 alla-prima* painting techniques and philosophy Kilroy took to heart.

He was also inspired to become a painter because of a small group of Taos and Denver artists active collectively in the 1970's. Among this group including Ned Jacob, William E. Sharer, Mark Daily, Len Chmiel, and George Carlson.  They 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. Special thanks goes to Washington State artist Bill 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.

The essence of his artistic and teaching philosophy focuses on "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.

He has years of teaching experience and has developed a number of programs through the years at numerous art associations, North River Art Society, Braintree Art Association, Quincy Art Association. He has taught at The Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, MA for many years before the unfortunate demise of the school. John built an extensive weekly program at the Fuller Craft Museum incorporating all aspects of the craft of art; design, drawing, painting and sculpture.

The base of John's teaching is now residing at the E. T. Wright Building in Rockland, MA, where he has opened The John Kilroy Fine Art Academy and continues to teach artists.

Also, he continues to teach very successful national workshops at The Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, Arizona; and The Lyme Art Association, Lyme, Connecticut. Other venues also include Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, Massachusetts, Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island, The Creative Art Center, Chatham, Massachusetts, and The Falmouth Artists Guild, Falmouth, Massachusetts.

His works have appeared in American Artist magazine and numerous other publications.

His works have been exhibited internationally including: The New York Society of Illustrators, The Harvard Club, The Tokyo Designers' Gakuin College, The Attleboro Museum, The Fuller Museum.

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