(b. 1957 Kilkenny, Ireland)
Patrick O’Reilly previously an entrepreneur, became an artist later in life whose personality and humour shines through in his unique bronze sculptures. He often references the animal kingdom to express his fears and sentiments about life, and uses the much-loved light-hearted figure of the bronze Teddy Bear to explore these darker issues. Monumental large scale public sculptures of O’Reilly’s can be found all over the world including the fifty-foot-high ‘Rockets’ in Dublin, a Strolling Bear in Paris and a bear wearing a tutu in Cape Town (‘Castle of Goodhope’, 2004) O’Reilly has exhibited widely and has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, the UK, France, Canada and China.