David Gallup started with one painting, and now he’s done over a hundred! In the course of six years this artist created a full exhibit dedicated to the natural beauty of the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. The exhibit, set to run May 21 through July 31 at the Weisman Museum, includes just 70 of the plein air paintings Gallup created while exploring the island chain. Often working under distasteful conditions, Gallup traveled all over the islands, hiking, kayaking, and sailing, anything that would get him to the most beautiful and remote parts of the islands.
“David Gallup never shirks from a challenge. The more challenging the subject, the more it stimulates his creativity,” said Michael Zakian, director of the Weisman Museum.
“Still,” Gallup says, “this is not about the Channel Islands as much as it is an exploration of a more global theme: discovering the wilderness in one’s back yard. The islands are a great way for me to engage this aspect of an ultimately universal human experience; man’s reconnection with nature.”
Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, at the Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University, is located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. For more information, call 310/506-4852.