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Original.
Smart. Simple.
Evocative. Timeless. Contemporary.
Stylish. Whimsical. Elegant. Witty.
Message. Concept. Icon. Illustration.
Painting. Line. Story. Brand.
Well-crafted. Fitting.
And made for you.



You call us when you need art that will raise the job from the predictable to the notable, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.  You know that we have provided you with award-winning work reliably time after time.  You bookmark our site as part of your toolbox and your inspiration.

We work with art directors and designers, publishers, corporations, organizations, architects, and product developers—to create something new, enliven and enlighten text, make memorable books, solve problems both large and small, from murals to icons, to vitalize your message and animate your brand. We’ve been doing this, working at the intersection of art and commerce, for over sixty years.

The first Riley correspondence discovered was dated 1951, but it's hard to tell exactly where and when Riley Illustration began. There are rumors about whom Ted Riley represented and whom he did not: no one could ever be sure. That's because he never advertised the artists and their art as wares. But beautiful books were made, funny ones too, books you may have read as a child or reread to your children, and ad campaigns and magazine covers, cartoons and caricatures—all top notch, all seemingly out of the blue. One thing we know: he set the standard for integrity and good taste, and is credited by some with creating the profession of artist agent. Although my name isn't Riley, I adopted both the agency and its legacy of excellence some twenty years ago from Ted’s nephew, the filmmaker Whit Stillman.

One of the first stops I made at Riley was a visit to Mark Von Ulrich at designthing. His unerring eye and sure hand in the design of this website and all things Riley since then have helped continue that legacy and grace to this day.  It’s clear to me that Ted Riley's spirit lingers on, in Mark’s design and in the collective work of our artists.

For art that is freshly made, crafted for your purpose, served up with style, integrity, and the best ingredients, call on us.

Teresa Shelley

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Recently...

American Illustration Award-Winners 2016:
 


Mark Von Ulrich
Lets Get Physical
Client: Playboy
Art Director: Justin Page
 


Lauren Simkin Berke
Safe House
Client: Johns Hopkins Magazine
Art Director: Pam Li

 


Lauren Simkin Berke
Lesbian Hair
Client: The Advocate
Art Director: Sarah Crumb


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Society of Illustrators Comic & Cartoon Art Annual 2016 & American Illustration Exclusive Online Archive:
 


Dave Calver
Popeye, Comic Classics
Client: IDW/Yoe Books
Art Director: Craig Yoe
 

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Communication Arts Illustration Annual Award of Excellence 2016:
 


Ed Koren
A Holiday Haven at Hermes- Animated Film
Client: Publicis France/Hermes
Art Director: Fabien Mouillard
 

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Society of Illustrators Award-Winners 2015:


Dave Calver
Movie Charm Gown
Client: Deborah Scott
Art Director: Jean Gold

 


Mara Cerri
Occhi di vetro (Glass Eyes)
Client: Else
Art Director:  Simone Tonucci

 


SILVER MEDAL WINNER!
Jonathan Burton
Beau Brummell visit Fortnum & Masons
Client: Fortnum and Masons, London UK
Art Director:  Thomas Lacey at Otherway

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American Illustration Award-Winners 2015:


Lauren Simkin Berke
Remember When 14.5% Was A Good Mortgage Rate?
Client: Boston Globe
Art Director: Jane Martin



Jonathan Burton
Around The World In 80 Days
Client: Editions MILAN, France
Art Director:  Cecile Petit
 


Giselle Potter
Esther and Eve
Personal Work



Jonathan Burton
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Client: The Folio Society
Art Director:  Sheri Gee
 

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Communication Arts Illustration Annual Award of Excellence 2015:


Jonathan Burton
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Client: The Folio Society
Art Director:  Sheri Gee
 

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Society of Illustrators Original Art Show for Books 2014:


Rebecca Gibbon
Papa is a Poet
Client: Henry Holt for Young Readers
Art Director:  Patrick Collins
Editor: Christy Ottaviano
 

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Society of Illustrators Award-Winners 2014:


Gold Metal Winner!
Jonathan Burton
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Client: The Folio Society
Art Director:  Sheri Gee

 


Jonathan Burton
Around The World In 80 Days
Client: Editions MILAN, France
Art Director:  Cecile Petit

 


Philippe Petit-Roulet
"Museum" Spot Series
The New Yorker
Art Director: Chris Curry

 


Sarah Wilkins
Series: Aquatique/Fruition
Personal Work: Self-directed promotional pieces.

 


Sarah Wilkins
Affinity Cover
Client: Affinity Magazine
Art Director: Jeff Amstutz
 

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American Illustration Award-Winners 2014:


Lauren Simkin Berke
A Guide to Reading Shakespeare's Tempest - Book Cover
Author. Maria Fahey / Accabonac Press

 


Lauren Simkin Berke
Rethinking Normal - Book Cover
Art Director. Laurent Linn / Simon & Schuster

 


Jonathan Burton
Rocket Man
Plansponsor Magazine
Art Director:  SooJin Buzelli

 


Sarah Wilkins
The Secret Garden
Personal Work: Self-directed promotional piece.

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Communication Arts Illustration Annual Award of Excellence 2014:


Jonathan Burton
ARGO, Les Mis, Life of PI, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty
British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Art Director:  Guy Marshall, Studio Small

 


Sarah Wilkins
The Secret Garden Series
Personal Work: Self-directed promotional pieces.

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Society of Illustrators Award-Winners 2013:
 


Jeffrey Fisher
Flipside
Poster for a Brazilian Festival

 


Mara Cerri
Il Nuotatore - Book
Client. Orecchio Acerbo
Author. Paolo Cognetti

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American Illustration Award-Winners 2013:


Lauren Simkin Berke
Nuclear Passport
Personal Work




Jonathan Burton
'Odd Bods' Playing Cards
The Folio Society
Art Director: Sheri Gee




Jonathan Burton
ARGO
British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Art Director:  Guy Marshall, Studio Small




Mara Cerri
'Anagramma' Animation Stills
Personal Work




Henrik Drescher
Dante's Inferno
Graywolf Press



 
Sara Fanelli
The Onion's Great Escape
Phaidon Press




Jeffrey Fisher
My Life's Sentences
New York Times Sunday Review Cover
Art Director:  Aviva Michaelov
 

 


Zohar Lazar
Waltz of the Mushroom Hunters, OH!
Personal Work:  Masterpiece Theatre, Solo Exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery, NYC


 


Philippe Petit-Roulet
"Workday" Spot Series
The New Yorker
Art Director: Kathryn Long




Giselle Potter
Witch
Personal Work

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Communication Arts Illustration Annual Award of Excellence 2013:


Jonathan Burton
'Odd Bods' Playing Cards
The Folio Society
Art Director: Sheri Gee

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Pierre Le-Tan in the New York Times Style Magazine, February 17, 2013
Like Father, LIke Daughter
Welcome to the worlds of Pierre and Olympia Le-Tan, where whimsy, wistfulness and all manner of esoterica line their walls and inform their creativity.

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Presenting the "Pugton Abbey" blog by Victoria Roberts, Downton Abbey inhabited by pugs.


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Society of Illustrators Award-Winners 2012:

Silver Medal Winner!

Jonathan Burton
Playing Cards
The Folio Society
Art Director: Sheri Gee
 

 

Jeffrey Fisher
FLIP 10 Poster Design
10th Annual International Literary Festival in Paraty, Brazil
Art Director: Jeffrey Fisher

 

Zohar Lazar
Grooming: No Stone Left Ungroomed
Gentlemen's Quarterly Magazine
Art Director: Chelsea Cardinal

 

Zohar Lazar
Brief Encounter with the Enemy
The New Yorker
Art Director: Jordan Awan

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American Illustration Award-Winners 2012:

    
Lauren Simkin Berke
Author Portrait Series: Hawthorne and Thoreau
Personal Work

 


Jeffrey Fisher
Book Review Cover: Lives of the Philosophers
New York Times
Art Director: Nicholas Blechman

 
 

       
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zohar Lazar
Robbers     
GQ
Art Director: Thomas Alberty


 


Zohar Lazar
David Sedaris Story: Swimming Lesson
The New Yorker
Art Director: Jordan Awan

 



Zohar Lazar
Sunday Book Review: We Others
The New York Times
Art Director: Shannon Robertson


 


Philippe Petit-Roulet
Innovators
The New Yorker
Art Director: Kathryn Long
                 



Philippe Weisbecker
The Art of Getting Lost
Travel and Leisure
Art Director: Marc Davila

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Communication Arts Award-Winners 2012:


Jeffrey Fisher
FLIP 9 Poster Design
9th Annual International Literary Festival in Paraty, Brazil
Art Director: Jeffrey Fisher



Jeffrey Fisher
Book Review Cover: Lives of the Philosophers
New York Times
Art Director: Nicholas Blechman