We would like you to meet Alex Gall, our next BD Artist Spotlight member. His metal work is amazing so we sat down with him to learn more. Check it out!
BD:Where do you live?
Alex Gall:I live in San Diego, California.
BD:What mediums do you work in and what is your favorite?
Alex Gall:I work with canvas and wood from time to time but metal alloys, especially stainless steel, are my favorite and main medium.
BD:What are your other hobbies, and are they related to your artwork?
Alex Gall:I come from a long line of ocean enthusiasts and growing up in Carlsbad, California, I spent a lot of time in and on the water from fishing the lagoons, to private boats and sport fishers, to diving, surfing, camping, and more.
The ocean has always been a big influence in my life, which is why it’s the main source of inspiration for my art, next to my Native American Heritage. I also truly enjoy welding, from the artistic to functional and everything else in between.
BD:How did you get started and what was the evolution of your style?
Alex Gall:I painted on canvas for years and also carved different exotic woods from time to time. But all along I had been telling my wife how I wanted to work with metal and create massive inspired sculptures. So finally one day I pulled the trigger and bought my 1st welder and plasma cutter.
After that I taught myself how to form metal by using traditional metal shaping techniques and tools, along with learning how to airbrush and a whole lot more. Which all together bring these 1 dimensional pieces of flat metal to life. Now 3 years later I’m creating full time and my work ranges from art galleries to public sculptures.
BD:What goals do you have for your artwork, what does the future hold?
Alex Gall:One of my main goals is for my art to constantly evolve. I also want to bring attention to how much beauty the seas hold and how we need to respect and care for it. No matter how far from an ocean you may live, it affects all of us and we affect it.
BD:What, who or both inspires you?
Alex Gall:My wife, daughter, family, the sea and family heritage all inspire me on a daily basis. Growing up, my mother would always encourage creativity and my father was always taking me fishing and showing me the outdoors and everything that it had to offer. I am truly blessed to have grown up by the sea and have passed this same passion on to my daughter.
BD:What has been the hardest project, or what is the hardest aspect of you art?
Alex Gall:Creating organic subjects with an inorganic material like stainless steel, always poses its challenges, but that’s the fun part.
BD:What brings you the most satisfaction or sense of accomplishment?
Alex Gall:It’s always great to here positive feedback, like when I get calls or emails telling me “the photos didn’t do it justice” and “it passed the wife test and was placed prominently in the family room”. I truly enjoy creating a piece of art from a mound of steel and an idea, being it mine or someone else’s.
Our thanks to Alex for sharing his story and talents with us. You can see more of his work or reach him at the links below.
Website – www.gallartworks.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/gallartworks/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gallartworks/
Email – [email protected]