I have been painting with oils consistently since the first days of my graduate program at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.  Paintings shown here date from today back to 2010, and are on canvas, panel, or paper.

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Collaged Canvas Paintings

The works of collaged canvas are at the heart of my current practice and are what is driving my work into new territory.  Making them is a physical, exploratory process that is leading me to exciting new ideas and to paintings that I haven’t seen before.  Please get in touch if you would like more details on how I make these paintings.     See All.


Drawing, making marks on paper, is my most free and direct form of making art.  The simplicity of materials and immediacy of method connects me with the artist I was as a child–free to express anything without ego, judgment, or self-consciousness.  When expression feels urgent, I draw.   See all.

Mono Prints

Making monoprints is one of my favorite methods of making work.  They happen quickly, and I am attracted to their raw and child-like quality.
To make them, I paint on a plate–either plexiglass, canvas or heavyweight paper, and press the paper onto the plate.  I don’t use a printing press, just the weight of different parts of my hands.  

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I first started making these paper works, paper reliefs, really, during an art residency I attended outside Shenzhen, China in 2015. The three months I was there marked the most intense, sustained period of artmaking I have ever had. The variety and beauty of the paper there, its delicacy and durability, the living legacy of Chinese ink painting, and my immersion in a culture completely foreign from my own all contributed to this breakthrough in my work. I have continued to develop the ideas that I began in China and am open to working on commissions in this vein.   See all.


These are some of my older works that have made their way out into the world.    See all.

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Get In Touch

Tell me what painting you’re interested in, and I will tell you more about it.  Or, if you are a gallery owner interested in showing my work, I’d love to discuss a show with you.  Or, if you just want to talk about art, I’ll be very happy to hear from you.

In the Northern Berkshires

Galen Cheney