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 Bill Gallen  (1958 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Colorado/Wisconsin      Known for: landscape painting

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The following is from the Taos Gallery Scottsdale:

WILLIAM P. GALLEN
Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bill Gallen has "always liked nature." He remembers going to Colorado as a high schooler and climbing to the top of a mountain. It made him aware, he says now, of how much beauty there is in the world.

Gallen is giving himself many more opportunities to paint these days. He is gradually separating himself from his Milwaukee based house-painting firm and setting himself up as a self-employed artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In the field, Gallen sketches rapidly in oil paints thinned with mineral spirits. Working from dark to light, he roughs in the shapes, trying to get the whole image at once. With smaller pieces he may be able to get all the color onto the palette in as little as 90 minutes. "I look for fugitive lighting effects. In the Southwest colors are saturated. Theres more vapor in the air in Wisconsin. I used the basic colors plus black: viridian, sap green, several yellows, ochre and ultramarine blue. I think less is more in terms of color."

He says that pigments are the best teachers. I travel a lot and either take the paint box or camera with me, or both."

Gallen received his education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America from 1995 to the present and has won numerous awards, particularly in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Biography from Mark Sublette Modern:
Bill Gallen grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and would wander off into the woods and fields of his native Wisconsin. This gave him an early appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

Gallen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in history and German. He spent a year studying in Freiburg, Germany. Plans to pursue an academic teaching career gave way when he moved to Colorado and began a painting contracting business with his brother. Nurturing a lifelong interest in art, Gallen studied painting and drawing in his free time with local instructors as well as at workshops in Taos, New Mexico, and the Scottsdale Artists School. He counts Michael Lynch, David Ballew and Matt Smith among his most influential teachers.

After nearly fifteen years as a contractor, Gallen traded in his house painting brushes for an easel painter’s tool. Bill Gallen currently resides in New Mexico where he enjoys painting landscapes, particularly location pieces. The eye for beauty and harmony in nature, which he developed as a child in the Midwest, informs his work with freshness and sensitivity. Gallen’s paintings are included in collections nationwide.

Biography from Brandon Michael Fine Art:
Growing up along the shores of Lake Michigan and wandering the woods and fields of his native Wisconsin gave Bill Gallen an early appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

Gallen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in history and German and spent a year studying in Freiburg, Germany.  Plans to pursue an academic teaching career gave way when he moved to Colorado and began a painting contracting business with his brother.  Nurturing a lifelong interest in art, Gallen studied painting and drawing in his free time with local instructors as well as at workshops in Taos, New Mexico, and the Scottsdale Artists School.  He counts Michael Lynch, David Ballew, Ned Jacob and Matt Smith among his most influential teachers.

Bill Gallen currently resides in New Mexico where he enjoys painting landscapes, particularly location pieces.  The eye for beauty and harmony in nature, which he developed as a child in the Midwest, informs his work with freshness and sensitivity. Gallen’s paintings are included in private, corporate and museum collections nationwide.


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