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 David Gallup  (1967 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Missouri      Known for: nocturnes, land-skyscape, portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
With a style that calls to mind an earlier time, David Gallup creates impressionist oil paintings "with a conceptual edge" intended to offer a refreshingly traditional view of today's California. He paints on location, or "en plein air" in California's most scenic places of natural beauty.

Having trained to be an artist since early childhood, David Gallup has been a painter ever since. As a young man he worked as a writer, illustrator, and art director for a Los Angeles newspaper 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.

For the past ten years, Gallup he has dedicated his life to painting en plein air throughout California in places including Malibu, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Yosemite, and especially the local mountains, farmland and beaches in and around the Conejo Valley. In addition to painting full-time, he also teaches plein-air painting at the
California Art Institute.

Memberships include the California Art Club-Artist Member, Oil Painters of America, Conejo Valley Painter's Association, LUNA, Conservancy Painters, and the American Society of Portrait Artists. He also serves on the International Advisory Committee for the Natural World Museum in San Francisco.

During 1999, Gallup dedicated a year to painting sunsets every week to capture images of California when the sun was setting. 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 impressionist paintings, " 52 California Sunsets - The Waning of the Twentieth Century " was exhibited in West Los Angeles in July 2000.

Throughout his life Gallup has been an avid conservationist. His passion for painting and his concern for the environment led him to seek out other artists with the same philosophy. His strong conviction that art can heal the environment led him to found two groups: Conejo Valley Painter's Association, a regional group of plein-air painters dedicated to using their paintings to show California's natural beauty and help conserve California's wilderness for future generations; and LUNA (Landscape United Nature Artists), a nonprofit group of eight nationally recognized Southern California Artists dedicated to using their paintings to record and preserve some of the world's most scenic and unspoiled ecosystems through museum exhibitions and education.

In fall of 2000, the California Art Club voted Gallup a full Artist Member, and he has since been in their exhibitions of contemporary traditional paintings in the 91st, 92nd, 93rd, and 94th Annual Gold Medal Exhibitions in 2001,2002, 2003, and 2004. Gallup currently serves an important role as Vice-President of the club and a member of their Board of Directors.

Gallup's artwork has been featured in several periodicals. "Southwest Art Magazine" singled him out as an "Artist to Watch" in their October 2001 edition and featured his work in "Art Values", a column in the June issue of 2003. In "The Fine Art Magazine", Gallup's life, painting philosophy and works of art were featured in an in-depth article in the November 2003 issue. His work is also featured in the May/June 2004 issue of "Art of the West Magazine".

Gallup's love for Impressionism and 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 unique beauty of California and are influenced by such
artists as Claude Monet, Guy Rose, John Twachtman, Maurice Braun and Camille Pissarro.

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