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David Gallup

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for October, 2007

Throughout his life David 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.
 
David currently serves on numerous boards, steering the direction of tomorrow's art world. Among his duties, he is Vice President of the historic California Art Club (est. 1909), and serves on the International Board of Advisors for the Natural World Museum. The Natural World Museum's  mission is to " presents art through innovative programs to inspire and engage the public in environmental awareness and action." He also has a host of affiliations with museums and regional and national art groups.
 
David 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.
 
He has recently become somewhat of a media sensation, with two books and a movie currently in the works about his life and his life's work, all centering around his current project, a comprehensive look at California's Channel Islands through an artist's perspective.  The movie will be filmed entirely in high definition, and is sponsored by private, corporate, and government institutions including Sony and the National Park Service. Significant funding has also come from the Bill and Marilyn Field Trust. This collection of work has drawn interest from such important museums as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, D.C. just to name a few. Tour dates are pending contract finalization, but the show is expected to travel extensively within the U.S. and abroad. An original soundtrack inspired by this body of work is also being created by legendary composer Carter Larsen.
 
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.
 
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 galleries, museum exhibitions and collections nationwide. He is represented by Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman, MT, and Morseburg Galleries, Los Angeles.

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