Nixon (Nick) Galloway was born
in 1927. His interest in aviation
started at a young age, as both his father and his grandfather were pioneer
aviators in the Los Angeles area in the twenties and thirties. He spent many happy hours as a child flying
with them in the Waco's, Swallows and Stearmans of the day.
After serving a stint in Naval Aviation in WWII, he took up
flying, but with the abundance of pilots coming out of the services, decided to
pursue a career as an artist and enrolled at the Art Center College of Design
in Los Angeles.
He became widely known as a talented aviation artist.
For many years he worked as a freelance
illustrator with clients such as Boeing, Hughes, NASA, Northrop, Allied Signal,
American, Hawaiian, Continental and United Airlines. Two notable art series
that he produced were the UNITED AIRLINES COLLECTOR SERIES (43 paintings) and
the WINGS OF AGRICULTURE calendars (60 paintings).
He was an Artist Fellow member and a
past president of the American Society of Aviation Artists.
Nick was also active in the Air Force Art
Program and over thirty of his paintings are in the permanent collection. He held memberships in the Aviation
Historical Society, Air Force Association, Naval Institute, the EAA and Red
Nick's work has been exhibited in the White House, Pentagon,
Kennedy Space Center, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, RAF Museum, EAA and
Air Force Museums. He won awards
for his aviation artwork in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Washington
D.C. and Dayton. In 1999 he had a
one-man show in Savannah with over fifty of his paintings on display, some done
as long as forty years ago.
When not working in his studio, he could often be found on
the ski slopes, or racing his sailboat in Southern California waters.
Nick died in 2003, just two days after his 76th
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