Brian Riley - Sky
Brian Riley
Sky
Archival Pigment Photograph
2014
20 x 16 Inches

Signed, titled, and editioned 1/2 on verso.

Brian Riley - Fence
Brian Riley
Fence
Archival Pigment Photograph
2014
20 x 16 Inches

Signed, titled, and editioned 1/2 on verso.

Brian Riley - Capillary
Brian Riley
Capillary
Archival Pigment Photograph
2014
20 x 16 Inches

Signed, titled, and editioned 1/2 on verso.

Brian Riley - Branch
Brian Riley
Branch
Archival Pigment Photograph
2014
20 x 16 Inches

Signed, titled, and editioned 1/2 on verso.

Brian Riley - "Palm"
Brian Riley
Palm
Archival Pigment Print
2014
20 x 16 Inches

Signed, titled, and editioned 1/2 on verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled
Brian Riley
Untitled
Archival Pigment Photograph
2014
40 x 32 Inches

Signed on verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled (Broadway Studio Series)
Brian Riley
Untitled (Broadway Studio Series)
Digital Chromogenic C-Print
2005
26 x 30 inches

Signed, dated, and edition #1/7 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Laying on Bench)
Brian Riley
Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Laying on Bench)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2005
30 x 40 inches

Signed, dated, and edition #1/7 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Sleeping)
Brian Riley
Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Sleeping)
Digital Chromogenic C-Print
2005
40 x 30 inches

Signed, dated, and edition #1/7 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Seated and Thinking)
Brian Riley
Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Seated and Thinking)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2005
30 x 40 inches

Signed, dated, and edition #1/7 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Laying Down)
Brian Riley
Untitled (Broadway Studio Series, Man Laying Down)
Digital Chromogenic c-print
2005
30 x 40 inches

Signed, dated, and edition #1/7 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Sticks and Stones on Christopher Street)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Sticks and Stones on Christopher Street)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2006, Printed 2008
27 1/4 x 18 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Datura and moss on my grandmother’s table)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Datura and moss on my grandmother’s table)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2006, Printed 2008
27 1/4 x 18 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Morning Glory)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Morning Glory)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2006, Printed 2008
37 1/2 x 28 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Sleeping in the Adirondacks)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Sleeping in the Adirondacks)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2006, Printed 2008
27 1/4 x 18 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Daffodils)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Daffodils)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2007, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Green Tea, London Plane and Ginseng)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Green Tea, London Plane and Ginseng)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
27 1/4 x 18 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Golden Bridge)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Golden Bridge)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Dreaming of Santa Fe)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Dreaming of Santa Fe)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
27 1/4 x 18 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Adirondack still 2)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Adirondack still 2)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (A visit from Holden and Jodi)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (A visit from Holden and Jodi)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
27 1/4 x 18 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Adirondack still 1)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Adirondack still 1)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2006, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Charlene)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Charlene)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Looking inside)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Looking inside)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (Visiting Faith)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (Visiting Faith)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
28 x 37 1/2 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Stillness Series (23rd street flea market)
Brian Riley
Stillness Series (23rd street flea market)
Archival Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2008, Printed 2008
37 1/2 x 28 inches

Signed, dated printed and # 1/5 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled (Still Life Lantern Flowers, Broadway Studio Series)
Brian Riley
Untitled (Still Life Lantern Flowers, Broadway Studio Series)
Digital Chromogenic C-Print
2005
30 x 40 inches

Signed, dated, and # 1/7 on mount verso.

Brian Riley - Untitled (Still Life, Broadway Studio Series)
Brian Riley
Untitled (Still Life, Broadway Studio Series)
Digital Chromogenic C-Print
2005
40 x 30 inches

Signed, dated, and # 1/7 on mount verso.

Giving a unique slant on photographic portraiture and still life, Brian Riley evokes the classical elements of photography through compelling studies of the male physique and inanimate objects. Riley’s unique choice in subject matter and object placement reveal a subtle dramatic quality that invites his viewers to conjure imaginative interpretations. In the case of his figural portraits, he arranges his models as if setting the stage for a theatrical scene. Riley therefore focuses on capturing the character he establishes for the scene, as the individual takes on a role of a character that extends beyond his true self. The result culminates in compositions that not only emphasize the beauty of the human form, but also indicate an underlying narrative, as if capturing an “in the moment” reaction to a particular situation or emotion.

Interesting couplings of flora, produce, and unusual objects mark Riley’s exploration of the still life genre. Employing a variety of perspectives and detail shots, he draws attention to the relationships created by form, space and shadow when items are grouped together, evoking the same dramatic feel as depicted in his use of models. Riley also produces a number of images of each still life making slight adjustments to the positioning of the objects to reveal varying moods inherent within each composition.

Drawing from his background in painting, Riley’s overall aesthetic reflects a painterly quality with specific regard to composition, lighting and perspective. Each photograph is envisioned beforehand with a specific theme, model, or arrangement in mind, seeking inspiration from such vast and varied sources as books, recently viewed images, or special insights gained from a previous photo shoot. Though conceptually predetermined, there exists an element of spontaneity to his process as he works in accordance with environmental changes while altering lighting and backdrops to achieve his ideal composition. In effort to convey a compelling sense of of depth and visual appeal to the images, he relies heavily on lighting for the manner in which it accentuates and defines form in many different, and interesting ways.

Brian Riley was born in New Jersey in 1972. He attended Cooper Union College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1994. Trained as a painter as well as a photographer, Riley describes the process of photography as "like painting with light.” Riley is part of a new generation of photographers, classically trained in composition and design that use the sophisticated tools and opportunities afforded by the digital age. His work has been published in international fine art journals as well as exhibited in several galleries since 1995.

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