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Having painted for over twenty years, Galen’s portfolio reflects the energy, vibrancy, and controlled chaos of an urban environment. Her paintings practically explode with wild and dense brushstrokes which themselves imitate the graffiti that serves as inspiration to her work. Layers upon layers of paint create complexity, disorder, and a sense of history to each piece. “I like my paintings to exist on a tightrope, right to the edge of coming apart." The works are unapologetic in their embrace of the sensual qualities of oil paint, though many also emit certain unease, an underlying anxiety. “I want the process, the struggle, to be right in front, not covered over or tidied up." Her pieces inter-mingle the beauty of turmoil and the messiness of life. “This isn’t necessarily intentional on my part, but I do accept it as a reflection of my own state of mind”. Complex, rigorous, and uncompromising in their emotional honesty, her paintings emanate out from the physical world into the emotional.
Galen received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She has received several awards, including the Artist Resource Trust Award from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, a residency fellowship to The Millay Colony, two full fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, and inclusion in the competitive publication New American Paintings. In 2013, she was nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in painting. In 2014, she had solo shows at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH, The Vermont Studio Center, The Vermont Supreme Court, and Green Mountain College. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Art New England, New American Paintings, Whitefish Review, and New England Watershed Magazine. Born in Los Angeles, Galen resides in rural Vermont.
China no. 9
2015, paper, 57” h x 57” w, $4,000