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|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
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
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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