Christopher Gallego, American, b. 1959, Surf #2, 2016, oil on board, 9 x 12 in., Sold

The Perfect Response to Your Art. And the Worst.

Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.

Stop Worrying

Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,"Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?" 

Exhibition Tips for the Newbies, part 2

If you're serious about showing your work then don't wait until you feel your training is completely over. Start small and get into the game as soon as you can.

Exhibition Tips for the Newbies, part 1

If you’re serious about showing your art then don’t wait until you feel your training is completely over. Start small and get into the game as soon as you can.

What advice would you give the person you were ten years ago?

"Internal pressure to sell each piece can easily put the kibosh on experimentation..."

Josephine Halvorson

Get Out of the Art Bubble

Too much reverence for art, past or present, creates a pictorial language and style that connects artists mostly to other artists. Or as I sometimes put it, we're sharing an inside joke and leaving everyone else out."

A Note to a Student

The following is an e-mail that I sent to a student just after one of our private classes.  We had discussed whether to push a particular piece a little further and risk losing some of the freshness and spontaneity ... Nobody loves beautiful paint, brushwork, and an expressive touch more than I do. These are … Continue reading A Note to a Student

What Kind of Art Sells?

  Giorgio Morandi  Answer: "Great Art Sells" This from an art dealer that I met years ago.  And although her words can certainly be argued with, I've never forgotten them. While it's impossible to define great art, I think she meant that artists typically sell their strongest work and that subject matter is secondary.  Knowingly or … Continue reading What Kind of Art Sells?

on the spirit of play

  Pablo Picasso Most of the artists I know can get way too serious. Though I don't always practice what I preach, I'm always telling my students to lighten up, with the reminder,"People; It's just a painting!"...or something along those lines... "You're not on trial."  If that doesn't work  then I'll belt out a bit of … Continue reading on the spirit of play

painting perceptions interview

November 1, 2012 | download pdf  Larry Groff, Editor, Painting Perceptions I’d like to thank Christopher Gallego for taking the time to share his thoughts on painting in our recent email interview. Mr. Gallego studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and teaches workshops in New York area. He has shown with OK Harris … Continue reading painting perceptions interview