Best Artist Fresh Out of the Gate 

Athens-based artist PAUL GALLOWAY creates photorealist paintings with an unusual muse -- his fellow college students. Using a snapshot aesthetic, in which images are cropped and details are only partly revealed, Galloway's beautifully complex, richly colored compositions often feature the backs, knees, legs, breasts and other bits and pieces of his subjects: college students engaged in beer bust socializing, sexual exchange, hanging out and hooking up. The way a Styrofoam cup is held in a hand or how a hand grips a shoulder give clues about the mood of the scene and the intentions of its players. Galloway will be featured in next year's Emerging Artist Exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in January.


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