I am a scenic artist working for The Royal Opera House.


Alongside this I have assisted with scenery for The London Coliseum, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells and Wilton's Music Hall.

In 2017 I had the opportunity to assist with a large scale mural for British painter Chris Ofili, in his ‘Weaving Magic’ exhibition at the National Gallery, London.

I grew up on the Yorkshire Moors and have been painting for twelve years, but since working for the ROH, I've become familiar with a wide range of paint finishes, as well as approaching large scale pieces of scenery; whether it be laying out materials like linen, plastic or silk, sometimes spanning 20m, applying texture to sets with numerous facets, or using spray guns over 245m² of ply flooring.

I have workshop, teaching and lecture experience from universities and schools such as Wimbledon College of Art and Sevenoaks School, Kent.


In May 2016, I painted a wall-based installation for the Arts Council funded initiative, 'Hospital Rooms'. This was shown alongside artworks by renowned YBA Gavin Turk, OBE fashion photographer Nick Knight and Turner Prize winners 'Assemble'.

Michael O'Reilly

Scenic Art