There is something here in the constant, unrelenting surround of woods and ocean, of rocks and fields, that suggests a continuum, a pulse that runs through everything and seems to imbue objects and forms, a particular rock or tree or rusted scrap of metal in the middle of nowhere, with a sense of mystery and meaning.
I use these observations as a basis for inventing and improvising forms and images that reflect this mystery and scheme of things.
OUT OF NOWHERE: John Gallagher Paintings 1996-2014
University of Maine Museum of Art
Excerpt from Director’s Statement
“The artist’s acrylic on paper compositions possess an unharnessed, gestural energy that can be associated with the Abstract Expressionists – specifically Willem de Kooning canvasses and Jackson Pollock’s early paintings.
“Gallagher’s paintings are rooted in process; the spontaneity of his mark-making and subsequent revisions unite with an unbridled exploration of the material quality of paint. The surface of each work combines transparent paint washes with areas that contain a dense buildup of manipulated paint.
“The changing environmental conditions viewed in and around the artist’s studio, situated along Maine’s coast, provide a boundless source of inspiration for these compositions…”
–George Kinghorn, Director and Curator, University of Maine Museum of Art
Gallagher received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he also studied architecture. He is a recipient of resident fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Since coming to Maine in 1975, Gallagher has taught as visiting faculty at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and he has exhibited in Maine painting biennials at Bowdoin College and the Portland Museum of Art, and in the Maine Drawing Biennial Invitational at the Portland Museum of Art. He received a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 1990. In the Fall of 2014, he exhibited recent work in a solo show at the University of Maine Museum of Art.
Gallagher has had a long career as a patent and technical illustrator and he was employed as a project architect at Elliott Elliott Norelius Architecture in Blue Hill. He continues a residential design practice.