Danny Galieote’s signature Americana style will be on display in his solo show, Made in the USA, at Maxwell Alexander Gallery. Made in the USA features large-scale work reinterpreting timeless rural narratives for a modern audience.
American regionalists like Thomas Benton, and the comparatively slower rural life of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s are some of Galieote’s many inspirations. “My mom’s dad was in the Navy during those times and traveled the world. He would tell me those stories when I was a kid, so I feel like I sort of grew up in that era.”
Pulling from the drama and accessibility of mural work from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Galieote similarly designs and edits his pieces for flow and impact. “Murals read well from a distance when they are well designed, and they have a sense of flow and fluidity. That’s really what I’m going for,” Galieote states.
Afternoon Pastoral features a panorama of working rural farm life in a pastoral setting. Men and women survey the land, reveling in their slice of paradise in the American West and the pride of working the land. Bronc Moon however provides more of a dramatic narrative for the viewer. In this piece, a bucking bronc with a charismatic rider top the visual space of a mesa, serving as an icon to the free spirit of the American West.