Peace­mak­ers

Cal­i­for­nia painter Danny Galieote de­buts new cow­girl pieces in a show at Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery.

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Danny Galieote has al­ways had an in­ter­est in the West, be it the Old West or a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of

Old West archetypes. One of his fa­vorite sub­jects is cow­girls. And not meek and frag­ile fe­male fig­ures ei­ther. His women can hold their own. Sev­eral are down­right dan­ger­ous.

His new­est paint­ings will be of­fered at a show open­ing Oc­to­ber 5 at Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery in Los An­ge­les. In­cluded in the group­ing of eight paint­ings will be Cow­girl Moon, show­ing a fe­male fig­ure in a re­veal­ing get-up with dou­ble hol­sters in a desert land­scape; The Sharp­shooter, a 16-inch round piece show­ing a more modestly dressed fig­ure wield­ing two pis­tols; and Peace­maker, one of his fa­mous paint­ings of women shown from be­hind as they hold dan­ger­ous weapons be­hind their backs.

Galieote’s sub­jects are ren­dered in a unique style that he calls pop-amer­i­can re­gion­al­ism. “Ev­ery­thing I’m paint­ing is in a very Amer­i­cana sort of realm… work­men, cow­girls, beach­go­ers,” he says. “It all speaks to my in­ter­est in Amer­i­can his­tory and how it re­lates to our cul­ture.”

He con­tin­ues: “I think about my fig­ures like sculp­tures; from three di­men­sions even though I’m paint­ing them in two. I want you to feel like you can walk around them and see them from the other side,” the artist says. “A lot of my in­spi­ra­tion comes from the WPA artists that I love, artists such as John Steuart Curry and Paul Cad­mus. In the 1930 and 1940s artists were de­sign­ing work from a dis­tance, so they could look good on a wall or mu­ral, so the viewer could ap­pre­ci­ate it from a lower an­gle look­ing up. I’m just tak­ing that aes­thetic and ap­ply­ing it to a mod­ern so­ci­ety.”

While work­ing on the Maxwell Alexan­der show, Galieote found him­self at the cen­ter of an ex­cit­ing com­mis­sion that came from ac­tress Blake Lively, who asked the artist to cre­ate a work for her hus­band, Dead­pool ac­tor Ryan Reynolds. The paint­ing fea­tures a younger ver­sion of Reynolds as he de­liv­ers news­pa­pers. “My first job was de­liv­er­ing news­pa­pers for the Van­cou­ver Sun. The house in the paint­ing is my child­hood home. My brothers and I spent years try­ing to kill each other on that lawn,” Reynolds wrote in an In­sta­gram post about the gift from his wife. “There are a lot of Easter eggs in the paint­ing, in­clud­ing my idol, John Candy, on the front page of the news­pa­per. The house no longer stands but it’s a liv­ing, breath­ing thing in my head. This piece of art is the great­est present my wife has ever given me. It was cre­ated by [Danny Galieote]. If there’s ever a fire, I’m grab­bing this first. I’ll come back for Blake.”

The show runs con­tin­ues through Oc­to­ber 26. For more in­for­ma­tion visit maxwellale­xan­der­gallery.com.

The Sharp­shooter, oil, 16”

Peace­maker, oil, 24 x 16”

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