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DAT\0{Y EALITOyE "The illusion of life is obtained by good modeling and by move,ment. These two qualities are like the blood and the breath of all good work" -Auguste Rodin Danny Galieote was born and raised in Burbank Los Angeles, California" where he still lives not fm from the hospital where he was boro- He has been drawing and painting since his earliest memories. He attended several colleges of afi" including Art Center College of Design in Pasadena Cal Afis in Yalencia and Cal State University Northridge. He has been an instructor of figrre drawing and painting at Art Center College of Desigrl the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

At Disney Studio's Danay worked for several years

as one of their top traditional character animators. The yem atDisney, not only allowed him to hone his skills in drawing and painting, but have made him an expert intiming and movement. Danny moves between u,here it was a describes it as, "Timing is the speed at


moment ago to where it's going. I ty to implement this in all of my work-- Besides color lighting & draftsmanship, he feels movernent and rhythm are the most important parts of his artwork.

Much of Donny's sfudy has been in the great European masters, such as Rubens, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Barocci and many others. Following in their footste,ps he has drawn from cadavers at the USC School ofMedicine. He had also gained access to the Uffrzt Gallery's master drawing storage area (Gabinetto dei Disegni) in Florence,ltaly. Galieote's third generation heritage of Italians from Naples and Palermo has influenced his work Growing up Danny would hea the verbal jorrnals every Sunday aftenroon of his grandparents' joys and struggles in America in the 1930's, 40's and 50's. These stories are a major influence in his style md create m inexhaustible framework to draw upon. He is also athacted to this golden age of Ashcan artists, and Regionalist painters. nGiven

my interest in New American Regionalim, I find the rfwork of Danny Galieote inspire4 and firll of hisiory." -KentonNelson Galieote paints scâ‚Źaâ‚Źs of quotidian life in America with an adept mastery of the human figure. Galieote's paintings have move,ment md plasticity resulting from years of shrdy. In them he creates a unifuing flow but also an underlying feeling of timelessness. The objective of his work is to imbue the viewer with a feeling of being apafi of a greal lineage.

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tradition. ,&cadia Gallery's New Faces of Rea/ism exhibirion is the perfect place to starr. Nes. s.ork bv talented young artists like Kerry Brools, Peter Greaves, Cesar Santander, Dannv Galieote. Jordan Sokol, and Joshua Suda n.ill be included in this much-anticipated erhibirion. '.\rcadia Gallery is genuinely excited to spor.iqhr ri'orks by up-and-coming artists who :ra.,i not received the amount of attention :h.r' rrulr. deserve," says Steve Diamant, owner "'While these artists are in the "'i rhe gallery ::ginning stages of their careers, we leel they .:r; poised to become the next great masters of



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10 Artist Wish Book

17 Twelve Artists to Watch ln 2Ol2 With the new year quickly upon us, we offer a look at some exciting and individual approaches to representationai art in four ever-evolnnq categones. 18 James Galindo: Romantic Interpretations of the Female Figure BY ALLISON MALAFRONTE

22 Stephen Early: Forming Fignrres of Strengrth & Grace BY ALLISON MALAFRONTE

26 Rebecca teer: The Timeless Look of Dramatic


30 Ophir Agassi: Paintings Worth a Thousand Words BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN

34 Ben Fenske: Beyond Time & Place BY ALLISON MALAFRONTE

Simon Gaon: Painting That's AII About Peeling BY [,4ICHAEL GORMLEY

40 Mark Lang: Allusion, Ambiguity, and Complexity BYAUSTIN


44 Bryan LeBoeuf : Into the Moment BYAUST]N


48 Danny Galieote: ArabesEre Pop BY fuIICHAEL GORN,ILtY


Mathew Cerletty: Bridging the Gap Between Realism and Modernism BY fuIICHAEL GOBMLEY

56 Efram Wolff : Variations on Imagery




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t anny Galieote's paintings, which offer a reimagined view of the American dream, unabashedly reference his upbringing in sunny Southem California. He recalls that his family's countrylike property, home to a menagerie oflivestock, provided an inspired setting fiom which to draw and paint This early and prodigious output was recognized by his family, and by the age of 8, Galieote was attending art dasses at a local artist's studio. This initial tutorial experience informed his subsequent artistic training. Rather than enroli in one art school, the budding artist took classes at several schools in the area.


Amerlcan Artist

After earning his B.A., Galieote began working at Walt Disney

Studios as an animator. 'Although I was animating, I was learning how to become a better painter," he says. "The studio had a great learning

atmosphere; artists that worked there in the r99os now say they attended the Disney University School of Art. At Disney I learned to become an acute observer ofpeople. Since I was animating people, I needed to study their movements and attitudes. I had to be able to visualize what the body positions would look like in a series of well-designed drawings that, once filmed in sequence, would






Saturday Afternoon

in Newport

2411, oi ,48 x 48. Courtesy Michael Ho lis F ne Art, South Pasadena, California. OPPOSITE PAGE

The Blush 2011, oil, 44 x 20. Courtesy Arcadia Fine Art, New York, New York.


American Artist

a ciassicalftteze. The subtle shifts in their gestures and the linear patterning of thelr bathing suits offer both opposing rhyhms and flowing lines, which animate the figural grouping and guide the viewer's eye

across the canvas.



production motive that

dates back to the Florentine masters

Botticelli and Pontormo and to the illustrators Norman Rockwell and J. C. Leyendecker, Galieote sacrifices

verisimilitude for the sake of overall compositional design and narrative

intent. His figures and spaces are bounded by beautiful lines that form abstract shapes that wedge together like puzzle pieces. His color, although

rich, is used primarily to reinforce this arabesque design pattern. Galieote's paintings derive from

quick pen or charcoal sketches. Ideas for these sketches come from a

variety of sources-personal

experiences, dreams, antiques, books, magazines, and movies from the past and present. These initial sketches aim to exaggerate shapes, rhythms,

and other elements that are not seen in real life or in photographic references. Next, the artist completes a fully realized charcoal study detailing the whole composition, which he grids offand uses as a guide for the painting. The artist dreads the blank whiteness ofan untoned canvas, so he begins painting on a ground stained with a middle tone. He uses ar1 initial lay-in of tone to help keep the painting unified, and then blocks out all major shapes and compositional elements using a darker sepia tone. He establishes tonal passages before introducing full color. In the final stages of the painting, Galieote applies transparent color glazes that further aid in unifying the painting's value

il structure. For large works, Galieote uses primed, heavy canvas. He completes smaller works on gessoed wood panels that are sanded for a smoother surface, which allows finer details. The artist uses Gamblin and Old Holland oils and adds Gamsol when needed to thin his paint He applies paint glazes using Liquin or a mixlure of Galkyd and linseed oil. For more information, visit I Written by Michael Gormley, the edinrial director qfAmerican Artist.


Galieote's work stood out to me at a group show this summer at Arcadia Gallery, in New York City. His romanticized approach to realism and figurative repre-

sentation, although it clearly references historical sources, is playfully modern. He offers a pumped-up, populist view of the good life. This view, albeit tinged with a hint of nostalgia, is a heroic and welcome call to live joyfully."

Danny Galieote: Studio Tips Don't depend on one art school to give you everything. Search for art instructors who are teaching what you are interested in learning. Focus on rhythm, movement, and structure when rendering the figure, This helps inject feeling and movement into one's paintings. Anatomy is important, but it is secondary to

rhythm and movement. Use large-bristle flat or filbert brushes when starting a painting. For fine detail work, use softer, smaller rounds.

. Take on a student or offer a workshop. Teaching forces you to organize and articulate all the things you have learned up to the present time. lt also feels great to see


your students progress. Get your ideas down on paper as thumbnails. Thumbnails are a personal shorthand, often very loosely drawn, that help recall a mood, a memory, a specific scene, or a story. As a general practice, I keep a notebook next to my bed to iot down ideas as they come to me when l'm half asleep. December[anuary2Ol2 5l




beyond the west Mundy, Barbara Flowers and Brian Blood, are coming together to paint scenes of Paris and Atlanta," says Anne Irwin, owner of Anne Irwin Fine Art, about this month's group show. A Tale of Two Cities features paintings by many of the gallery's artists

including Ken Auster, Danny McCaw, Gary Bodner, Yvonne

Mendez, Christine Bray, and Sabre Esler. Meet the artists at an opening reception on June 17 from 6 to B:30 p.m. at the gallery. For more information: 4O4.352.L855 or www.

Alexandria, VA GC Myers Show PRINCIPTE GALLERY

Principle Gallery mounts a solo show for GC Myers this month. An opening reception is onJune 1O from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The show features contemporary landscape painc ings by the New Yorkbased artist. For mote information: 7

03.739.9326 or


Boston, MA

Group Show

Madison, CT David Dunlop & Grace DeVito Show SUSAN POWELT FINE ART A two-person show at Susan Powell Fine Art spotlights artwork try Connecticut artists David Dunlop and Grace DeVito this month. The show,

titled New Directions, opens onJune 24 with a reception Pleasurable Regret by Danny Galieote

New York: NY Rea[ism Group Show


ARCADIA FINE ARTS A group of artists showcase their depictions of subjects as they appear in everyday life in a new show opening this month at Arcadia Fine Arts. The shoq titled New Faces of Realism, includes artwork by Danny Galieote, Kerry Brooks, Peter Greaves, Jordan Sokol, Kris Lewis, Joshua Suda, and Cesar Santander. It opens with an artists' reception on June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m, at the

more inf orma tion:. 212.9 65.1387 or w.ww.arcadiafi

information: 203.318.0616 or


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ANNE IRWIN FINE ART "Some of the country's best

lndian Market & Festival

2o and 40 pieces in the show," says the gallery's assistant director Michael P. Sincavage.



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Mihalik, and Sidney Willis. An opening reception takes place onJune 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information: 617.450.43O O or www. quidley

Charleston: SC Two-Person Show

Group Show

artists, including CW.

Patrick Livingstone, Jane

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Attanta, GA

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All artwork in the show is on display untilJuly lOth. For

8 p.m. Still lifes by DeVito along with figurative scenes and landscapes by Dunlop are on display throughJuly 24. For more

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QUIDTEY & COMPANY A group show featuring one piece of artwork by each of Quidley Nc Company's artists opens this month. The show, titled ln Good Company, includes artists such as Donald Demers, Daniel Graves, Eric G. Thompson, Jim Holland,

M GALLERY OF FINE ART This month, M Gallery of Fine Art exhibits new paintings byJacqueline and Stacy

EITETJORG MUSEUM The Eiteljorg Museum o[ American Indians and Western Art presents the 19th annual Indian Market and FestivalJune 25-26. This yearly event features arrwork by more than 135 Native American artists and includes cultural storytell i ng, dancing, and singing by Native American performers. For more

information: 317.636.937 I or

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FIGURE DANNY GALIEOTE FLIPS THE SCRIPT ON FIGURATIVE ART BY JENNIFER M. WOOD hile some people spend a lifetime seeking out their one true passion, others are lucky enough to discover their calling early in life and while away the years perfecting it. Artist Danny

tive, Galieote uses a nostalgic style to address timeless themes of human nature. His paintings have been exhibited-and collected-across the country and he was recently named one of the year's "12 Artists to Watch" by American Artist. ABN spent "15 Minutes" with Galieote to talk about preferred mediums, bad advice and breaking all the rules.

Galieote (whose oil on canvas portrait

At Play surely grabbed your attention on our cover) falls firmly into the latter category. "I was always drawing from my earliest memory," says the Los Angeles-born and based artist. That talent led Galieote to an interesting entr6e into the art world, by way of Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he spent nearly a decade as one of the studio's top artists. The opportunity allowed Galieote to flex his creative muscles, and to hone his drawing and painting skills as well. With a body of work that is almost always figura-


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What's your preferred medium?

Oil on canvas. I like the vibrancy and per-

manence of oils and the feel on the canvas.

What attracts you to a subject? Something that people can relate to on something thatt pleasing for me to paint. ABN'




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Who are the artists you most admire?

Degas, Ingres, Paul Manship, Paul Cadmus, George

Tooket George Bellows and many of the WPA and Regionalist artists of the'30s and'40s. What's the one goal you hope to achieve in your career? DG, To make a difference in the art world. ABN,

If you weren't an artist, what would you Nothing else. That's all I am.


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This catalog includes press clippings featuring Danny Galieote from American Art Collector Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Southwest Ar...