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During the months of September through November 2010, David Gallup will join an award-winning documentary film team as part of their Channel Islands of California high definition documentary film project.
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David GallupDavid C. Gallup   OAS, AFC David Gallup
Art of the Deep
David Gallup is an explorer. Not just of nature but of the introspective and spiritual connection man has with his environment. His life's passion has become a quest for new interpretations of the natural world without leaving his roots in Plein-Air Observation-Based painting. Working in the style of the impressionist masters, David's works are created on location in some of the world's most beautiful and fascinating places. They often depict moments when natural elements obscure solid forms, such as fog, rain, glare, or darkness. These elements are used in Gallup's work to visually represent the sense of awe and mystery he feels for the natural world.

Having trained to be an artist since early childhood, he has diligently pursued his craft ever since. As a young man he worked as a writer, illustrator, and art director for a Los Angeles news paper to pay his way through school. In 1990 he graduated from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. He immediately began teaching art, and spent four years as an art instructor for Mission: Renaissance, a private art school which stresses having a strong classical background in line, tone and color as well as a solid knowledge of art history. His formal training and these classical influences are still very evident in Gallup's work today. In 1992 Gallup met japanese artist Hiro Yamagata and soon became the lead staff artist on the "Earthly Paradise" collection. It was during the early years of this relationship that Gallup began to develop his use of color harmony, rather than contrast, which marks his work today. Gallup's innovative use of basic music theory to find harmony in color is soothing and subtle, and it's benefits are visible even to the untrained eye.

During 1999, Gallup dedicated a year to painting sunsets every week to capture images of California at sunset. Although he painted almost every night, he selected just one sunset from each week to document the final year of the 20th Century. The resulting collection of stunning impressionist paintings, " 52 California Sunsets - The Waning of the Twentieth Century " was exhibited in West Los Angeles in July 2000 to great critical acclaim. His unique mix of traditional California Impressionism with a conceptual edge caught the eye of the media and the public.

In fall of 2000, the California Art Club recognized David's contribution to the traditional art world, making him a full Artist Member. The CAC has since honored Gallup's work by including him in their prestigious collection of contemporary traditional paintings in the 91st - 99th Annual Gold Medal Exhibitions in 2001-2009. Gallup currently serves as Vice-President of the club and is a member of their Board of Directors. He is a Signature Member of the club, and has also served as Gold Medal Artist's Chairman in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He also serves on the International Advisory Committee for the Natural World Museum in San Francisco.

The art magazines have also taken notice of Gallup. Since 2001 his name has been seen regularly in such magazines as Southwest Art Magazine, Art of the West Magazine and The Fine Arts Magazine, with in-depth coverage of his career and paintings in The Fine Arts Magazine (2003) and Art of the West (2006). He was featured in Workshop magazine in 2007, and American Artist Magazine is planning to write about him in Summer of 2010.

For the past five years he has been painting for his fist major solo museum tour. California's Channel Islands will be the subject of his work, which is sponsored by the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, Sony, The Bill & Marilyn Field Trust and a collaboration of prominent American Museums. The show is being slated to travel coast to coast in premium museum venues, along with a HD documentary film about him doing these paintings (intended for limited local releases and international satellite TV). A quality hardcover catalog of the work is also being produced to accompany the exhibition.

Gallup's love for painting en plein-air has led him to explore the styles of French and California Impressionism over the years, drawing inspiration from both. He has a passion for capturing fleetingly beautiful moments in nature in a mixture of luminous color and dynamic brushwork that are uniquely his own. David's paintings depict the ethereal nature of our world and are influenced by such artists as Claude Monet, John Twachtman, J. A. M. Whistler, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Emil Carlson. His work has won numerous local and international awards, and can be seen today in museum exhibitions and collections nationwide.

Support for Conservation:
Founded Landscape United Nature Artists (LUNA) in 2004

LUNA is a group of eight nationally recognized plein-air artists who are working together to document ecologically significant areas of the world to inspire conservation. Works will be shown in museum and educational venues internationally.
Special Achievements:
  • 2004 - Member of the Board of Advisors of the Natural World Museum
    about natural world museum

    The Natural World Museum (NWM) presents art through innovative programs to inspire and engage the public in environmental awareness and action.

    In order to ensure the sustainability of our world, NWM provides enlightening experiences through innovative site-specific art exhibitions that advance local and global conservation efforts.
  • 2003 - Vice-President of the California Art Club
    The California Art Club's primary purposes of the corporation are to promote the fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture referred to as traditional and representational art, with a special emphasis placed on the academic traditions and craftsmanship established by the founders of the corporation, to produce and promote art exhibits that foster understanding and interpretation of the traditional art heritage, and to furnish educational opportunities in the fine arts. Additionally, the corporation may engage in any activities that are reasonably related to or in furtherance of its stated charitable and public purposes, or in any other charitable activities.

    The club was founded in 1909, and is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigeous artist affilliations. Instrumental in the founding of the CAC were the artists, Franz Bischoff (1864-1929), Carl Oscar Borg (1879-1947), Hanson Puthuff (1875-1972) and William Wendt (1865-1946) , whose wife Julia Bracken Wendt (1871-1942) was a sculptor of high merit.
  • 2008 - The Huntington Museum
    The world famous Huntington Gardens and Art Collection has acquired one of Gallup's paintings for their permanent collection.
  • 2008 - The Cheesecake Factory
    The Cheesecake Factory commissioned Gallup to paint the official portrait of the chain's founders for the corporate collection in 2008.
  • 2006 - California Art Acadamy and Museum

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