"My art comes from a place of love and is filtered through my lens of design attributes, which are reminiscent of the American Regionalists. It has sometimes been referred to as Pop Regionalism. My intention is to capture images of Americana that feel as though they could still exist in a present day dreamland. I seek a hopeful timelessness through aspects of classicism and motifs that reference my heroes of the Italian Renaissance."
Danny Galieote, "The Welcome Home Honey," 2018, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches - SOLD
Danny Galieote, "One Fine Day," 2021, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches - SOLD
Danny Galieote, "The Bonnie Lass," 2017, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches - contact for price
sold works & installation shots
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Danny Galieote was born in 1968 in Burbank, California in a hospital across the street from the Disney Studios where he ended up working 20 years later. Straight out of college, he was chosen ahead of 600 other applicants for an internship with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Through his 12 year career at the studio, Galieote worked his way up from Assistant Animator to a fully-fledged Traditional Character Animator. He is responsible for creating key Hollywood cinematic moments in beloved Disney classics: ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ ‘Hercules,’ Tarzan,’ ‘Atlantis,’ and ‘Princess and the Frog’.
In his spare time he took frequent trips to Europe, immersing himself in classical drawing, painting, and sculpture. On a 7-year hiatus from the Disney Studios, he became an instructor of figure drawing and painting at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Throughout this time, Galieote ceaselessly devoted himself to honing and refining his craft until 2011 when he reached the decision to leave his commercial art career and dedicate himself full-time to painting.
Galieote’s unique style takes cues from the drama and technical prowess of Italian Renaissance masters and the New-World optimism of American painters like Paul Cadmus, George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Wood – wrapping it all up with a twist of Rockwellesque humor. His work, though frequently featuring fashion and scenes from by-gone eras, does not concern itself with nostalgia…but rather with the pursuit of the universal, the timeless theme of human nature. His paintings draw on elements all along this spectrum – suffusing them with an atmosphere at once dark and yet strangely sweet.
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