A beautiful, meditative exploration of a life and a life’s work
Artwork: Dancing round the Island of Life
Clare Reilly is an artist, and has been painting and exhibiting since 1976. Her artwork has achieved international recognition, with many cards, calendars and prints being sold overseas. Her private commissions have found their way into collections in Argentina, North America, Israel, Europe and Australia, as well as throughout New Zealand.
Pictured: Clare Reilly in her Studio
Clare is passionate about conservation, supporting conservation projects through her artworks, which express an underlying connection with the natural environment, in particular an empathy with native birds. Her more recent works focus on issues such as the encroachment of human activity on the limited natural resources we have left, and the historical effects of settlement on the native land species found in her locality.
Clare Reilly: Eye of the Calm is a celebration of artist Clare Reilly’s life and work. Experience a sense of calm and hope with this story of a fascinating life told through both words and imagery. A beautiful, meditative exploration of a life’s work – this book allows you to have not just one Clare Reilly piece in your home, but a collection of them.
“Familiar to many from a popular line of calendars and greeting cards- are beautifully reproduced here with a richness of colour that captures the clear light of a new Zealand summer.”
– Joanna Wane, Canvas Magazine, NZ Herald
“Reilly’s work, featuring mainly native birds flying in resplendent New Zealand native landscapes, is stunning and gets space to soar in this attractively produced Exisle Publishing book which shows off to maximum affect her art as well as telling her story.
Always at peace in nature, Reilly developed a passion for conservation and supporting conservation projects which, in turn, continue to fuel her work and highlight connections with the natural environment.
Eye of the calm captures a vision of a life lived with commitment and dedication where a sense of joy, hope, renewal and powerful elements of secular spirituality shine through in art which is striking and eye-catching yet also tranquil and calming.”
Kete – New books from Aotearoa
“Clare Reilly’s Eye of the Calm is filled with beautiful paintings of native birds in our New Zealand landscape, and with her life story.
The birds in flight in her paintings signify a soaring of spirit, an uplift, and a sense of joy.
When I rest my eyes for a while on them, their joyful presence lifts my mood. I stop ruminating about the harm that Covid is inflicting around the world and worrying whether we can avoid the spread of the Delta variant in New Zealand.
Her life story, the way she stayed true to her own style of painting and went on to achieve an international reputation is also inspiring.
It is a beautiful book, one to treasure.”