|Connecticut Yankee Spring by George Gallo, 20 x 24, oil painting.
George Gallo: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Award-winning writer, director, and painter George Gallo is
capturing the hearts of both the general public and artist-audiences everywhere
with his film Local Color. In this
semi-autobiographical story, Gallo shares the journey of an 18-year-old artist
who is frustrated by modernist art education and is desperately trying to learn
how to paint in a traditional, representational manner. He seeks out an elderly
living master to be apprenticed to for a summer, and what ensues is a
mentorship and friendship that allows both characters to see the beauty of life
and art through each other's eyes.
After moving to Los Angles to pursue his screenwriting and
directing career, Gallo shied away from painting for nearly eight years. He
picked up the brushes again after the success of his screenplay, "Midnight
Run." He painted several canvases and called John Evans in New York, who was the
manager of Grand Central Art Galleries. He was pleased with Gallo's progress
and gave him a one-man show. One of the paintings he entered into the "Arts for
the Parks" contest received the Top 100 Award.
As an artist, Gallo has had solo exhibitions at Grand Central
Art Galleries, in New York City, and has been a finalist in the annual Arts for
the Parks competition. He created all 400 paintings shown in Local Color, and he is represented by
galleries in New York City, Philadelphia, and California. Gallo believes
art-making is created not in the universe of science, but the universe of the
soul. He believes in the quiet hours you will get as close to God as you can
here on earth and with a little luck and a lot of patience, come as close to
happiness as you're ever likely to know. He maintains a website on plein air
painting titled "Plein Talk With George Gallo," and he is an artist-member of
the California Art Club. For more information on Gallo and his art, visit his
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