Riley (also known as J.R.) has been living a 'double life' since 2006 (coining the moment as "Two-Thousand-Sex" in which he embarked on re-incorporating his artwork into his daily life by exploring his own sexual/spiritual identity as it relates to social trends.
Double entendres and double lives; purity/perversity, sexuality/spirituality, art/commerce, abstract/representational, optimism/pessimism, wit/severity. His work often explores the link between perceived oppositions.
He mixes social sexual issues with personal ones, intertwining autobiographical and sociological images via elementary symbols/iconography/words. His signature work of simplistic flat imagery is typically loaded with numerous metaphors and alternate perspectives.
Previously the owner of the award-winning Surface Magazine, Riley seeks to inspire new ways of seeing and thinking in order to generate innovation in art & commerce through his work in advertising, marketing, publishing and art.
The creative artist behind the Tent City launch event, Riley pushed the limits of risque art as he brought the Presidio event to life. With large, traffic stopping signs filled with double entendre text, invitations with playful jabs at the double-meanings of many animals and school. Riley created a unique, engaging and at times eyebrow-raising atmosphere at our party that celebrated the outdoor spirit and the launch of GorillaTorch Switchback.