Born: Warwick 1938
Mary Riley is an abstract painter inspired by nature and the landscape; her work is characterised by complex and subtle mark-making and texture, using a wide range of media. It is an art which communicates feelings, triggers memories and invites contemplation.
She has exhibited regularly since the 1970s, London venues include the Mall Galleries (1973), the Royal Academy (1974-1980), the Greenwich Gallery (1978-81), the Mayor Gallery (1998) and Art First (2003-2007). Her work has also been shown at exhibitions in Oxford, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Bruhl in Germany. In 2008 she was given a solo show at the Leamington Spa Art Gallery.
Other collections holding her work include the Chase Manhattan Bank Group and the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry as well as private collections in the UK, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Teaching Fine Art has been an important part of Riley’s practice for more than thirty years, principally at Warwickshire College School of Art, Stratford College and the Department of Art History at Warwick University (1993-2008).