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 Lyle Galloway  (1930 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: marine painting-sailing ships

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biographical information, submitted February 2007, is from Tom Jackson, friend of the artist.

Lyle Galloway was a natural born artist.  I met him in the seventh grade in San Francisco where  he sketched and sculpted as though he were a reborn 'Olde Master'.  In short: " Lyle Was Genius".  He did very few oil paintings; he was basically a woodcarver and pen and ink illustrator.  I recall watching him paint his very first oil back in the early 1960's when he mixed colors on a pallette, started applying them to the receiving canvas, and said: " Oh, So that's how they work".

This information is from a biography written by Galloway: 

"For self-trained artist-sculptor Galloway, his early childhood forays along the old wooden vessels in the banks of San Francisco bay eventually led him to a life on and about the sea.  He has built Carvel and Clinker wooden vessels for others; made his own canvas sails and worked aboard or sailed as able bodied seaman or foretopman on a number of vessels.  Among some of these vessels he sailed as a foretopman aboard the three masted '94 barque Wandia featured as the Carthiginia in Michner's film Hawaii.

His blue water voyages have extended to the Galapogos, Mexico, South America and the South Pacific.  His most enjoyable sailing, however, is still the thirty-foot open whaleboats, which are sailed on the San Francisco Bay by the Sea scouts.  On one, The Navigator, Galloway is Skipper."

He designed the famous Turtle Logo for Zack's restaurant in Sausalito California.  He has designed several restaurants ( sea Motifs ) The White Whale in San Francisco on Fisherman's Wharf; Josh Slocum's Newport Beach; the Neptunes Palace at San Francisco Pier 39; and Delaney's at Laguna Hills and Anaheim.  For the White Whale, he did a series of pen and ink whale drawings in which "even in these pen strokes, one can see the water's movement".  (Jackson)

He has received commissions from the San Francisco Maritime Museum, has illustrated a variety of books, and has his work displayed in the Trophy Room of the New York Yacht Cub.

Lyle gifted me a particular set of his "White Whale Prints".  My only regret, of course, is that I neglected asking Him to autograph them for me .

Of all the years I knew Him including our cavorting years as two "Youthful Scotsman"  ( He the Galloway and I The McCord )  I asked him but once, for an original sketch.  That sketch was of a different collar; other than a sea motif he drew a western scene of a Cowboy on a horse.  It was drawn during  a party where we were both under the "Alcafluence of Inkahol" and the sketch received  a Scotch ( Chivas Regal ) stain on the bottom of it from His glass.

Lyle Galloway the Genius Artist lived a short lifetime; But He lived an adventurous one.  Moreover "An Unvarnished One. He was a Man's Man in every respect of the word ". An Adventurer".

His funeral was attended by his many, many friends; only a few of us were allowed to Haul His ashes out to sea aboard the "Navigator" a whaling boat that Lyle Skippered for the Sea scouts based at Municipal Pier in San Francisco.  Another boat sailed alongside ours, which had been set up with amplifiers to magnify the sqeals from the bagpipes playing "Flower of the Forest" and Going Home"; two Scottish ballads.  As his ashes were being lowered into the bay by his Son Bruce, the pipers played "Amazing Grace".

We had 4 bottles of Chivas Regal Scotch on board, which was shared between six of us.   We had a seventh glass for Lyle.  With each round we poured for ourselves, we poured one for Lyle, then poured it into the very spot we had lowered his ashes.

A miniature sailboat was set adrift which Lyle had made years before, with His name "GALLOWAY" on the bow. We all sat transfixed in the whale boat emptying the fourth bottle of Chivas Regal watching this little sailboat as it steadily drifted with the tide, out under the Golden Gate Bridge and off into "The Fair Nowhere" completely out of sight.  We then threw our empty glasses, Lyle's Too, into the bay.  Then We set sail back to port at Municipal Pier as we exchanged Lyle Galloway Stories amongst ourselves.

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