Danny Galieote

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Mod­ern Amer­i­cana

With his stat­uesque, Pop Art fig­ures, Danny Galieote cre­ates paint­ings that feel time­less. At Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery in Los An­ge­les, he will show his works in a solo ex­hi­bi­tion that takes place Novem­ber 3 through 25.

Af­ter­noon Pas­toral is a farm panorama that ex­em­pli­fies the Amer­i­can Dream, show­ing men and women work­ing the land to put food on the ta­ble for their fam­i­lies. “It’s a cin­e­matic film pan across the farm,” ex­plains Galieote. “It’s only 43 inches, but I can imag­ine it be­ing 43 feet, as a grand land­scape with those sculp­turesque fig­ures.”

Galieote is in­spired by the 1930s, ’40s and ‘50s. “My mom’s dad was in the Navy dur­ing those times and trav­eled the world. He would tell me those sto­ries when I was a kid, so I feel like I sort of grew up in that era.”

The art­work of the time was in­deli­bly touched by the Works Progress Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which com­mis­sioned artists to com­plete thou­sands of mu­rals. “Mu­rals read well from a dis­tance when they are well de­signed, and they have a sense of flow and flu­id­ity. That’s re­ally what I’m go­ing for,” the artist says.

Fea­tur­ing a crow­ing rooster, Coun­try Morn­ing harkens back to a sim­pler time. Galieote grew up in Los An­ge­les, but on a small farm with horses and chick­ens. “Ev­ery morn­ing at 5 o’clock I’d wake up to Mean Joe,” he laughs. “Even though I was liv­ing in con­tem­po­rary, mod­ern LA, my child­hood had a re­ally tra­di­tional Amer­i­cana feel.”

A Coun­try Morn­ing, oil on can­vas, 18 x 18"

Af­ter­noon Pas­toral, oil on linen, 15 x 43”

Bronc Moon, oil, 32 x 32”

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