God, I love these paintings. I’m not exactly one to support violence, but at the same time, I’m kind of sick of that archetypal scene in the bar where a girl is being harassed by some creep and then a guy comes over and punches him out for her. Everybody rejoices, he buys her a drink, and they eventually have 2.1 kids.
That certainly wouldn’t happen in one of Galieote’s paintings though and I know that because that bar scenario is probably close to the main scene in this painting, but with a very different ending:
The painter, Danny Galieote was actually an animator for Walt Disney once upon a time (hahaha) and worked on the Lion King, Hercules, Tarzan and others. In this interview, he shares a story where he overheard some people viewing his work say “He must have bad luck with women”. He responded that the women in his pieces weren’t part of revenge fantasies, but instead were displaying power and autonomy.
It’s great that he’s not portraying women as victims. In each of the photos, we don’t know the exact narrative but the weapons shown give women power, even while outwardly portraying femininity. Not to say that there is anything wrong with being a more masculine woman and not wanting to conform to gender stereotypes, but in this case, it’s meant to challenge the stereotype of the soft feminine woman as weak and unable to protect herself. Basically, this whole concept of femininity as not being a bad thing really tickles my fancy. You go, Danny Galieote!
If you want to see more of Danny Galieote’s work, you can visit his website.