ARTIST: JOHNATHON GALLAGHER in Media City, Burbank. 818 846-5138
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Graduated Father Judge Catholic High School with the Gold Medal for Excellence in Art, 1980, and won a two year scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art. Later I moved to Los Angeles to further my art career and initially held several positions as a graphic designer and an archival custom-framer.
Apprenticed as a scenic artist, I worked as assistant to the late Robert W. Zentis, renowned Hollywood theater set designer, between 1984 and 1988. I have Screen credit on several motion pictures as well as a lot of Opera, Theater, and Television stage sets. I worked in celebrity homes in Hollywood Hills, Malibu, Encino, and Belair.
In 1998, commissioned into the Restoration Arts and Historic Preservation field, and for two years was the artistic supervisor for the restoration of the Bullock's Wilshire Building, now part of Southwestern Law University. This project has won top awards by The Historical Society of America.
As a freelance artist I have completed hundreds of arts-related projects. Here are a few of my career highlights in the past as a Professional Scenic Artist & Set Painter in Hollywood. Click on anything below that is underlined to see a posted image. Enjoy!
Motion Pictures: sets
1989 * “Repossessed” (1st screen credit as a scenic artist )
1989 * ”Welcome Home Roxie Carmichael”
1989* "Dark Man"
1990 * “Boyz ‘ n the Hood” (Best Director Oscar for John Singleton)
1991 * “House Party 2”
1992 * "Dangerous Women"
1995 * "Star Trek IV" (six painted carousel horses)
2010 * "Area 52"
1991 * Kellogg's Rice Crispies (2) * Hall's Mentholyptus * Lens Crafter's
1992 * WKRP in Cincinnati - (2 backdrops)
* 7-11 * Ford * Illinois Bell * Mattel's Air Hockey
1993 * Nissan * Pontiac * Mazda * Cadillac Auto
1995 * Clorox Bleach * Denny's * Palmolive Soap * Coca Cola
1997 * Long John Silver's * Kraft Cheese * Tostitos * Pop Tarts * Dodge Durango
1998 * Godiva Chocolates * Loreal * Barbie * Pepsi *
2000 * Verizon
2004 * Weight Watchers
1995 * Fox Cubhouse - 60' forest cyclorama
1995 * Wild Animal Games - 100' tropical forest backdrops. Four large, animal backdrops.
1996 * Glendale Studios - Interior Hawaii mural, Exterior signage.
1996 * A & E - Ancient Mysteries "The Greatest Pharaohs" - Egyptian sets (<click to view)
1997 * Fox Kids- painted cyclorama; set painting
1998 * College Jeopardy (two 75 foot backdrops and painted props for the Boston & San Francisco shows )
2000 * Traveling Jeopardy (props, set)
2010 * "How I Met Your Mother" set for sitcom Fox Studios.
2011 * The Mentalist Painted Door in Historic Home, featured in episode 431
Theater & Opera: sets for Giathiatrics
2001 * "Oliver Twist" set. (<click to view) Pan Pacific Park. Hand drawn at the Fireman's Museum in Hollywood.
2002 * "Don Giovanni" Opera Set (<click to view) -Royce Hall, Westwood California
2002 * "Front and Center" guest speaker Christopher Reeve--Granite Set
2003 * Marbleized set for "Front and Center" guest star, Natalie Cole
2005 * "Trombone" set pieces for a one man show held at the Wilshire Ebel Theater, Los Angeles
2005 * "Friedman Group"(<click to view) set design for a video shoot
2006 * "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (<click to view) set painting and color elevation, The Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2006 * "Dublin Carol" (<click to view>) set design color elevation, The Alhecama Theater, Santa Barbara, CA.
2006 * "Hansel and Gretel" (<click to view) painted opera set, "Hansel and Gretel" El Portal Theater, North Hollywood
2006 * "Man of La Mancha" set painting, The Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2007 * "The Diary of Anne Frank" set painting, The Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2007 * "Hamlet" set painting, ("Best Set Design Award) The Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2008 * " Bus Stop" set painting for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2009 * "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" sets Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2009 * "Fiddler on the Roof " Set painting for Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2010 * "Trying" Set painting for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2010 * "Crimes of the Heart" Set Painting for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2011 * "Master Harold and the Boys" Set Painting Rubicon Theater
2011 * "Lonesome Traveler" Set Painting , Rubicon Theater /Laguna Theater
2012 * "Hello, My Baby" Set Painting, Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2013 * "Mystery of Irma Vep" Set Painting, Falcon Theater, Toluca Lake
2013 * "Midsummer's Night Dream" Set painting, Forest backdrop, Calabasas High School.
2014 * "Young Frankenstein" set painting, Calabasas High School
2014 * "World Goes Round" Backdrop and set painting, Rubicon Theater
2015 * "My Fair Lady" Marbleized staircase and painted floor Rubicon Theater
2015 * "A Christmas Carol" wood-washed set for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura
2016 * "Who Shot Liberty Valance"- Western glazed wood- Rubicon Ventura
2016 * "Constance Darrow " Marbleized Floor and set pieces Rubicon
Art Exhibits and Awards:
1984 * "Windows 1" Aeolus Gallery, Los Angeles 1984
1985 * Del Mano Gallery, Brentwood "Treasures" Exhibit
1988 * Beverly Hills Art Affaire Exhibit (Ribbon Award)
1990, 1991 * Toluca Lake Art Fair ( two 2nd Place ribbons)
1991 * Burbank Fine Arts Federation (Award winner), Creative Arts Center
1991 * Polar Design" Beverly Hills- Group Exhibit "A Human Sensibility" One of my paintings was stolen: "The Grey Nexus."
1993 * Best of Show, Burbank Art Association at the Coast National Bank Multi-Media : "Neon Angel"
1993 * 1st Place Award Toluca Lake Art Fair - Judge's Committee "The Jester"
1993 * "Paradox" Solo Exhibit at the Swan Fine Arts Gallery at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club
1994 * "Wild Animals" Exhibit by Four Painters. Sales to benefit Tippi Hedren's Wildlife Refuge, Swan Gallery Toluca Lake
2002 * Fine Arts Federation Award For "Angelfish"- This Painting was also purchased by the gallery director of the Creative Arts Center, Burbank
2003 * Autry Museum of Heritage Award won at the Burbank Art Association's Master's Exhibit for "Celestial Bodies #3".
2004 * "Myth & Magic" A retrospective exhibit of 100 paintings, and ceramic works of art, Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank
2005-6* Burbank Fine Arts Federation Annual Exhibition
2007 *Burbank Art Association Honors Exhibit in October. 1st Place Multi-Media for "Strawberry Fields" , given by Valley Frame and Molding
2008 *Burbank Art Association Honors Exhibit in November 1st Place Multi-Media Award for "Treasure", given by Jack Richeson and Co. also 1st Place Award for Abstract, "Untitled #2 , Jack Richeson and Co. Award.
2009 *Judge for the Santa Clarita Art Association's 20 year Classic Art Showcase October 17, 2009.
2010 * Fine Arts Federation Annual," Fiesta of Art" - "Medicine Wheel"
2010 * Burbank Art Association Honor's exhibition, May, Third-Place ribbon for "Art in America" a mixed-media assemblage.
2010 * Burbank Art Association Interim Group Exhibit "Land and Sea" August 21- through Sept 30, Glendale, CA.
2011 * Burbank Art Association, Spring Exhibit. Best of Show, Honor's Division for "Sunface"- a mixed-media piece. May 21- June 25.
2012 * Heart & Sol Exhibition @ The Geo Gallery, Glendale, CA October 15th Through November 26th. (Thanks Burbank Times).
2012 * Burbank Art Association, Fall Show. First Place, Honor's Division for "My Boots" Oil on canvas.. November 2-15. Creative Art Center Gallery. November 2-15.
2013 * Burbank Art Association, Spring Show. First Place, Honor's Division for "Oriental Tree." Honorable Mention for, "Avatar Rod" @ the Geo Gallery through May 18.
2014 * Burbank Art Association, Fall show, Third Place Honor's Division for Oil on canvas "Marilyn Monroe." Creative Arts Center Gallery. November 7 - 21.
2015 * Fine Arts Federation "Arti Gras" Exhibit. March 6-26 , winner of the Brand Library Award for mixed-media painting "Fooling Around." March 6-26 Creative Arts Center Gallery.
2015 * Burbank Art Association Fall Exhibit, Oct 30- Nov 12 Second Place Honor's Division for Oil on canvas, "The Coral Reef" C A C Gallery.
2016 * Burbank Art Association Spring Exhibition Best of Show for my "Pencil Portrait" Geo Gallery Glendale CA through May 13th.
2017 * Burbank Art Association Spring Exhibition First Place for "Masquerade" Geo Gallery Glendale CA
Music Video: sets
1992 * P.M. Dawn Scenic backdrop for a music video
1993 * Janet Jackson Aged wall treatments for a music video set ("Again")
1994 * MTV's "Dead at 21" Apocalypse Mural
1991 * Restoration - Palm Springs Plaza Theater -1st International Film Festival Faux finishing, decorative painting
1992 * Kayla Cosmetics Beauty Salon - Beverly Hills - Faux finishing
1992 * Pasadena Playhouse Library - Historic restoration, painting and glazing.
1993 * Water lily Mural (<click to view), Decor Arts Building in Burbank, CA. (painted over)
1993 * Art Carver's - antique carousel horses (‘93-’96) Sample (<click to view>)
1994 * Zodiac Mural - Sidereal School of Astrology, Hollywood, CA
1995 * Actor Chaz Palminteri - Faux-finishing home interior
1996 * Actor Ed McMahon - Faux-finishing - restoration- home interior
1997 * Shaker's Restaurant - Pasadena - Arroyo Seco Bridge - Mural
1998 -2000 * Bullock's Wilshire Building - Interior historic restoration
2003 * Julian Dixon Courtroom - Bullock's Wilshire Building - SW Law University -cherry stain and glazed woods
2004 * "On Cue" (<click to view) - Two paintings commissioned for BillyBob Thornton's pool room
2006 * Restoration of the Portico "Spirit of Transportation" Mural - Entrance Portico Foyer at the Bullocks Wilshire Building
2007 * Portrait of Father Louis Brisson, - Founder of the Oblates of St. Francis. Philadelphia, PA.
2007 * Portrait of Saint Francis De Sales - Oblates of Saint Francis, Philadelphia, PA.
2007 * Mock Courtroom at Southwestern Law University - 4th floor cherry stain and glazed woods, Seward Construction
2008 * Mock Courtroom at Southwestern Law University - 6th floor cherry stain and glazed woods, Gocke Construction
2009 * Wild Thyme Restaurant in South Pasadena, - Green strie faux-finish in powder room
2010 * Touch ups and repair of faux finish, Salle Moderne and the Tea Room at the Bullock's Wilshire Building
2011 * Harry Potter Party Backdrop - Painted with designer, Lisa Lechuga