Superstar

John O'Reilly Creates Astounding Biological Artworks

By: Meghan Young - Published: Mar 3, 2012 • References: johnoreilly.org and coolhunting
John O'Reilly's work is impressive for many reasons. At first glance, it is the obvious care and dedication that was put into the detailed sculptures that amazes audiences. Nevertheless, it is the material used to create the sculptures that end up really flooring onlookers. Made out of ground-up bones mixed with polyrethane resin and porcelain dust, John O'Reilly's work is a series of biological sculptures. The bones come from his dog's leftovers (he does not moonlight as a grave digger or serial killer).

Based in Brooklyn, New York, John O'Reilly uses silicone molds to cast his stunning sculptures. He reflects, "My work has become an autobiographical expression of my interests and experience in natural history and religion. Drawing from these encounters and curiosities, I manifest my own narratives."