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Daniel Galas
updated: 05/19/2012
website: www.danielgalas.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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George Washington Bridge
Windshield Washer Fluid
Concrete Pipe
Kitchen Chair
Buffalo Psychiatric Center
Basketball Hoop
Jean's Car
Driveway
Cars Parked
Car
162 South Broadway
UPS Truck
Thesis Table and Classroom Table
Wine Glass and James
Bus Driver and High Heels
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, narrative, spiritual, psychological, portraiture, meditative, documentary, autobiographical, abstract
 
 
George Washington Bridge by Daniel Galas
George Washington Bridge
Oil on Canvas
2012
48 " x  36 " 
Windshield Washer Fluid by Daniel Galas
Windshield Washer Fluid
Oil on Canvas
2012
28 " x  22 " 
Concrete Pipe by Daniel Galas
Concrete Pipe
Fluid Acrylic on Gessoed Board
2010
20 " x  16 " 
Kitchen Chair by Daniel Galas
Kitchen Chair
Fluid Acrylic on Gessoed Board
2010
20 " x  16 " 
Buffalo Psychiatric Center by Daniel Galas
Buffalo Psychiatric Center
Linocut
2012
20 " x  16 " 
Basketball Hoop by Daniel Galas
Basketball Hoop
Soft Pastel on BFK Paper
2010
30" x  22" 
Jean's Car by Daniel Galas
Jean's Car
Soft pastel on paper
2010
14 " x  11 " 
Driveway by Daniel Galas
Driveway
Soft pastel, watercolor, guache, graphite on paper
2010
14" x  11" 
Cars Parked by Daniel Galas
Cars Parked
Oil pastel on paper
2011
14" x  11" 
Car by Daniel Galas
Car
Oil on canvas
2011
22" x  28" 
162 South Broadway by Daniel Galas
162 South Broadway
Oil on canvas
2011
37.5" x  27.5" 
UPS Truck by Daniel Galas
UPS Truck
Site-Specific Installation, Paper Mache over Styrofoam
2010
22' " x  13.5' " 
Thesis Table and Classroom Table by Daniel Galas
Thesis Table and Classroom Table
Ink Brush Pen on Archival Paper
2010
8 " x  11 " 
Wine Glass and James by Daniel Galas
Wine Glass and James
Ink Brush Pen on Archival Paper
2010
8 " x  11 " 
Bus Driver and High Heels by Daniel Galas
Bus Driver and High Heels
Ink Brush Pen on Archival Paper
2010
8" x  11" 

Artist Statement

“We confuse signs, words, numbers, symbols, and ideas, with the real world. This is a disaster! […] We’re so tied up in our minds that we’ve lost our senses. Time to wake up!”     Alan Watts


With incredible advances in fields like medicine, agriculture, and communications, science and technology have significantly increased the standards of living for many people. They have also drastically altered the nature of life in the modern world. While we are living longer, healthier lives and are connected to people around the globe in ways that weren’t possible even twenty years ago, we are becoming detached from the here and now. We experience life at a distance, and are losing touch with our immediate surroundings.

Art is a means for me to contemplate the world and to connect to the present. I use the long-established approach of drawing from direct observation. Whether sitting on a train or in my home, or walking through a park, I draw the people, places, and things around me as if I were seeing and experiencing them for the first time. My art is imbued with emotion, humor, and creative interpretation of subject matter. Aesthetically speaking, I enjoy playing with colors of a limited palette, abstracted form, flattened space, distorted perspective, varied textures, and “all over” compositions. I prefer experimenting in several mediums rather than mastering one, and I enjoy exploring other visual art forms like sculpture, installation, and printmaking.

I hope that my art will resonate with my audience on an imaginative and emotional level and inspire them to contemplate their own subjective and spontaneous relationship to the world. No matter how sophisticated society may become or how much easier science and technology may make our lives, it’s of absolutely no use if we haven’t the slightest clue how to live in the here and now.

Artist Bio / CV
I was born in 1982 in a suburb of Buffalo, New York to a family of four. Art and music played a very important role in helping me survive through an emotionally bleak environment. In 2004 I received a B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where I studied painting under professor Alberto Rey. After college I lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for three and a half years. During that time I taught teens creative arts and music at two non-profit organizations, Lighthouse International and Citizens Advice Bureau in the South Bronx. In late 2007 I moved to the Berkeley, California and lived there for one and a half years. I currently live in the Nyack, NY attending CUNY Lehman for a Master’s Degree in Education.