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Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Degree: BA Hons Illustration with Animation
University: Manchester Metropolitan University
Graduation Year: 2010

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Theresa Reilly-Cooper's pencil drawings explore the possibility of representation and figuration while obliterating parts of the image – sometimes the head, sometimes the entire figure – with precise assurance. The drawings achieve an extreme and expressive economy, but they are most wonderful for their lack of staginess and their frankness.

Artist Statement

I am a fashion-based illustrator concerned with presenting people and clothes in a traditional medium but in an unusual way. 

I am primarily interested in people and clothes that are different or alternative in some way. I am also interested in how clothes and people work together, the way in which they alter each other. How clothes affect someone’s presence, and how the human body alters the physical dimensions of garments. Negative space also plays a large role in my portraits. I am very intrigued by suggesting things without actually drawing them.

A portrait artist with strong fashion influences, I focus on specific features, characteristics and details to enhance the portrait. My drawings are executed in pencil. I begin by photographing the subject. I then use the photographs as a reference for the final portrait, cropping certain details out to draw attention to others.

One of my main aims is to capture the model or garment in a natural state. I try to avoid obvious poses.The cropping used within the portraits separates them from traditional fashion based illustrations. The emphasis is as much on the space created as the subject. The portraits are complimentary to the subject without exaggerating or dumbing down any features. They are faithful to the very last detail. The finer aspects like hair, veins and moles are examples of this attention to detail.

My intention is to present fashion within the magazine industry in a way that can stand next to photography and holds its own. Everyday people, clothes and what happens when the two are combined are my main inspiration and motivation.

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2015, International Womens Day Exhibition, Goodstock, Manchester
2015, Aesthetica Magazine, Artist Directory
2015, Miami Art Expo 2015
2013, Theresa Reilly-Cooper, A collection of Works in Pencil, Joshua Brooks Manchester
2010, Graduate Show, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
2010, Reunion:Manchester School of Art, Coningsbury Gallery, London

Publications

2015, Registered as an artist on Eyes on Talents.com
2015, Aesthetica magazine 

Original works:

Liquorice Allsort

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£175

Marshmallow

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£175

Liquorice Sateen

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£175

Peanut Brittle

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£175

Pomegranate

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£250

Ginger Study

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£200

Scotch Bonnett

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£200

Miu Miu Study

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

£400

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Spotty Dress

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Sheer Blouse

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Spotty Tunic

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Check Dress

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Patterned Dress

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Knickers

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Leather Jacket

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Check Skirt

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Floral Playsuit

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Grey Dress

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Sheer Dress

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Ankle Socks

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Rose Friand

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Denim Jacket

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Cherry Bakewell

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Viennese Whirl

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Jelly Cherries

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Lemon Meringue pie

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Chocolate Brownie

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Catherine Wheel

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Bubblegum

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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Mackerel

By Theresa Reilly-Cooper

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