While 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 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 entrée 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 figurative, 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.
Jennifer Wood (ABN): What’s your preferred medium?
Danny Galieote (DG): Oil on canvas. I like the vibrancy and permanence of oils and the feel on the canvas.
ABN: What attracts you to a subject?
DG: Something that people can relate to on a larger scale and something that’s pleasing for me to paint.
ABN: Who are the artists you most admire?
DG. Degas, Ingres, Paul Manship, Paul Cadmus, George Tooker, George Bellows and many of the WPA and Regionalist artists of the ’30s and ’40s.
ABN: 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 be doing?
DG: Nothing else. That’s all I am.
ABN: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
DG: Follow your gut feelings and instincts
ABN: What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
DG: Follow the rules.
ABN: In this industry, is it smarter to be collaborative or competitive?
DG: Collaborative, because it’s how we make a living as artists. You compete with yourself, no one else.
ABN: Can you talk a bit about any current and/or upcoming shows or projects?
DG: I am represented by Arcadia Gallery in New York; the director/owner is Steve Diamant. We have had several group shows in the past year or so. Recently I was in the LA Art Show, SUR-REALISM “The New Realists” and ArtHamptons. Upcoming exhibitions include “Drawing the Line,” an exhibition of drawings, in September, LA Art Show in January and a solo show in the spring of 2013. The upcoming shows will have more paintings from my “Supposed Good Girls” series.
For more information on Danny Galieote’s work, visit www.dannygalieote.com. Galieote is represented by Arcadia Fine Arts (www.arcadiafinearts.com) in New York City. ABN