Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Exhibit Recalls 2013 'International'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Exhibit Recalls 2013 'International'

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Christopher Galiyas thinks big when it comes to art. He is among the artists whose work is on display at the Third Street Gallery in Carnegie.

"I like to work on a large scale," he said as he peered at his painting titled "Sun" that reached almost from floor to ceiling at Third Street Gallery.

The painting is part of an exhibit called "Internationally Inspired: Response to the 2013 Carnegie International" by the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, a group made up of more than 350 local artists.

While Mr. Galiyas, who teaches art classes at the West Mifflin Area Middle School, usually does large artworks, including murals for buildings, he pays a lot of attention to the small details in his work.

"Sun" incorporates a host of small drawings of animals like rabbits, a swan, an elephant and a cat. One of the figures, a monarch butterfly, holds a special meaning for the artist.

"I paint monarch butterflies a lot. They remind me of my grandfather. I would often see monarchs in his backyard. One time, a monarch even landed on my uncle's arm," he said, giving him a chance to study the insect up close.

The artworks in the Carnegie exhibit all were inspired by the work of international artists who were part of the Carnegie 2013 International show that ran from Oct. 5 to March 16 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.

The influences from the Carnegie International for his "Sun" painting, Mr. Galiyas said, were works by the artists Rokni Haerizadeh, Erika Verzutti, Nicole Eisenman, and Phyllida Barlow.

Mr. Galiyas also seems to draw inspiration from the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students he teaches.

"I wouldn't trade my job teaching for anything in the world," he said.

As far as his paintings, he said, some people call his art whimsical.

Perhaps that has to do with the bright, vibrant colors he uses and the fact many of the animals in his "Sun" painting appear happy. …

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