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Pair of K. M. Galloway Large Abstract Expressionist Paintings, 1980

US$1,500per set


A pair of large and evocatively enigmatic 1980 abstract expressionist acrylic paintings on canvas by K. M. Galloway, presented as a thematic diptych that calls to mind austerely surreal sci-fi and fantasy cover art of the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Work at left suggests a pale mint green body of water meeting a sandy shore, upon which looms a geometrically improbable multiplanar monolith. Within this imposing portal floats a deceptively complex abstract-cubist organic form rendered in rust-colored impasto with translucent glass-like details. Work at right distinguished by a towering quasi-heroic figure on a pedestal of stacked blocks, its body and cape or wings given substance by impasto in shades of blue and brown. It stands against a pale mint blue sky and looks down upon a light sand-colored expanse—echoing elements of the work at left—with a ghostly moon hanging overhead. Both works display impressive technical skill and mastery of medium throughout, with razor-sharp lines, cleanly done color fields, very subtle gradients, and judicious use of impasto all combining to striking effect. Almost imperceptible tonal variations between the pair shift beautifully with the light. Work at right is signed “K. Galloway” at bottom right, and signed and dated “K. M. Galloway Mar 15/80” on verso at top. On verso at bottom is the label for since-closed high-end Haight-Ashbury concert poster & frame shop Off the Wall. Work at left is unsigned. Presented in their original custom teal enameled metal frames. Dimensions listed are for each individual work including frame; dimensions for the pair as shown in the second image are H 38.38 in. x W 52.13 in. From the estate of a discerning San Francisco art collector that also included works that we acquired by Jean Hyson, Vincent Perez, and Robert English, the latter of which we still offer in other listings.


  • Creator
    Galloway (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38.38 in. (97.49 cm)Width: 24.38 in. (61.93 cm)Depth: 1.25 in. (3.18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Expressionist (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Art in great vintage condition, with only a faint stretcher imprint mark at lower left of work on left, and a tiny pencil mark near figure on work at right. Frames with some mostly tiny nicks and scuffs, notably at top corners; photos upon request.
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU955023583242

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: San Francisco, CA
  • Return Policy

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