Randy Gal­loway

Western Art Collector - - RECENTLY ACQUIRED -

Twisted Fire Stu­dio, 4774 E. Quail­brush Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, (480) 745-0451, dream­[email protected], www.randy­gal­lowayfin­eart.com

Randy Gal­loway was born in Carls­bad, New Mex­ico, sur­rounded by adobe build­ings, women in crushed vel­vet and squash blos­som neck­laces and Na­tive Amer­i­can kids bused in from the reser­va­tion for school. Gal­loway says he knew he lived in a spe­cial place and loved the South­west as a kid. “No one in our fam­ily had ever been an artist, so I was an anom­aly,” says the artist. “I had some­thing unique but no one to men­tor me, so I had to grow with it slowly, mak­ing dis­cov­er­ies on my own.”

Earn­ing a BFA in graphic de­sign from Ari­zona State Univer­sity,

Gal­loway worked in graphic de­sign for 35 years. “Soon after my older brother died of melanoma, I de­cided I had bet­ter do my fine art be­fore it was too late…in­spired by Howard Terp­n­ing, then Martin Grelle and John Cole­man I fell in love with the Old West and the Na­tive Amer­i­cans of the 1800s. I started go­ing to pho­to­shoots and sold at var­i­ous shows around the South­west. A few years ago I de­cided to try sculpt­ing and now spend my time split be­tween paint­ing, draw­ing and sculpt­ing. I en­joy be­ing ver­sa­tile.” His cur­rent style is de­fined by re­al­ism, de­tailed but re­mains tex­tu­ral. He tends to fo­cus on images that are like char­ac­ter por­traits, mostly full fig­ures in scenes of the Old West—some­times a lit­tle whim­si­cal, but al­ways seek­ing to cap­ture the beauty of the peo­ple. “I’m drawn to the Buf­falo cul­ture of the Plains tribes and the beau­ti­ful craft of the Pue­blo tribes…i have a mil­lion ideas and pro­jects to do, if only the clock would slow down. I’m so glad I got to ex­press my­self as an artist.”

Gal­loway will be show­ing at the Cel­e­bra­tion of Fine Art in Scotts­dale Jan­uary through March as well as the Phip­pen West­ern Art Show and Sale in May.

Randy Gal­loway, Lakota Honor, char­coal on toned hand­made pa­per, 22 x 16"

Randy Gal­loway, Steal­ing the Show, bronze, 16 x 9 x 8"

Randy Gal­loway, Serenity, oil on linen, 18 x 14"

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