Joe Gallagher
Brooklyn, New York

Joe Gallagher’s bright, graphic-style paintings are inspired by New York City. His cartoonish characters, with their large eyes and vibrant coloring, represent all of the different people who live together in the Big Apple. They are entwined and tangled, expressing the often-overwhelming feeling of existing in one of the most populated cities in the world. However, through its comical expression, the work wisely speaks to the meaning of human relationships. The overlapping faces represent the people that come and go in our lives, some taking priority, while others fade into the background. No one character is alike, but they all occupy the same space and time. Whether we notice it or not, we are all interconnected, and the people that surround us affect the direction of our lives.

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Building Bridges

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

40" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
4 lbs. 0 oz.


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With a "Gotham" style mood, Building Bridges is about nightlife. Inspired by New York, the bridges are symbolic of connections made with other people. The intention  of this piece is to show the importance of meeting new people and creating new experiences. The piece has intricate connected characters. The red eyes of the cat (bottom left) allows the viewer to discover new details and characteristics in the faces.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes ready to hang.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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