Reilly Woodward

Aurelia (Full Figure), graphite and tone paper, 96″ x 42″, 2022

Aurelia (Portrait), graphite and paper, 17″ x 14″, 2021

Alina, graphite and paper, 17″ x 14″, 2021

Alistair, graphite and tone paper, 17″ x 14″, 2022

Pieces, graphite drawings in book, 8″ x 5″ x 1″, 2021

Too Late to Love?, graphite drawings in book, 9″ x 6″ x 1″, 2022

Mortality, graphite drawings in book, 8″ x 5″ x 1″, 2022

Reilly Woodward

[BFA] Studio Art – Drawing

This exhibition showcases the series, Alternate Reality, which depicts present-day figures from a different world. This work uses pieces of the body, fleeting love, and mortality as symbols that represent the emotional stresses of life. While these figures are from another reality, they still face universal problems. Inspired by old-style pen and ink illustrations, I use graphite pencils to mimic this realism. Influenced by Caravaggio and Robert Longo’s technical application and realistic style, I draw human-animal hybrids to represent the people living in this alternate reality. Similar to animals in nature, these figures use their animal features for tools, fashion, or determining social hierarchy in their society. By imbuing these people with glassy/statuesque eyes, I want to spark a curiosity about the nature of these figures. 


Originally from Omaha, NE, Reilly Woodward is an artist that specializes in drawing using graphite pencils. He creates realistic drawings of alternate realities that involve fantasy and science fiction and loves drawing in abandoned books. Reilly will be receiving his BFA in Studio Art with a drawing emphasis from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (May 2022). He has shown in the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition in 2020, 2021, and 2022, the 16×16 Traveling Photo Show, and the OASIS art show. Reilly was one of the winners of the Entry Fee award in the 2022 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. Follow him on instagram: @reilly_woodward