ARTIST:  JOHNATHON GALLAGHER     in Media City, Burbank.    818 846-5138     

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Graduated Father Judge Catholic High School with the Gold Medal for Excellence in Art, 1980, and won a two year scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art.   Later I moved to Los Angeles to further my art career and initially held several positions as a graphic designer and an archival custom-framer.  

Apprenticed as a scenic artist,  I worked as assistant to the late Robert W. Zentis,  renowned Hollywood theater set designer, between 1984 and 1988.  I have Screen credit on several motion pictures as well as a lot of  Opera, Theater, and Television stage sets.  I  worked in celebrity homes in Hollywood Hills, Malibu, Encino, and Belair.  

In 1998,  commissioned into the Restoration Arts and Historic Preservation field, and for two years was the artistic supervisor for the restoration of the Bullock's Wilshire Building, now part of Southwestern Law University.   This   project  has won top awards by The Historical Society of America.  


 As a freelance artist  I have completed hundreds of  arts-related projects.   Here are a few of  my career highlights  in the past as a Professional Scenic Artist & Set Painter in Hollywood.  Click on anything below that is underlined to see  a posted image.  Enjoy!

Motion Pictures: sets

1989  * “Repossessed” (1st screen credit as a scenic artist )

1989 *  ”Welcome Home Roxie Carmichael”

1989*   "Dark Man"

1990  *  “Boyz ‘ n the Hood”  (Best Director Oscar  for John Singleton)

1991  *  “House Party 2”

1992  *  "Dangerous Women"

1995  *  "Star Trek IV"  (six painted carousel horses)

2010  *  "Area 52"

Commercials: sets

 1991 *  Kellogg's Rice Crispies (2)  * Hall's Mentholyptus   * Lens Crafter's

 1992 *  WKRP in Cincinnati - (2 backdrops)

  * 7-11  * Ford  * Illinois Bell  * Mattel's Air Hockey

 1993 *  Nissan * Pontiac  * Mazda * Cadillac Auto

 1995 *  Clorox Bleach  * Denny's  * Palmolive Soap  * Coca Cola  

 1997 *  Long John Silver's  * Kraft Cheese   * Tostitos  * Pop Tarts  * Dodge Durango  

 1998 *  Godiva Chocolates  *  Loreal  *  Barbie  *  Pepsi *

 2000 *  Verizon

 2004 *  Weight Watchers 



 Television: sets

1995  *  Fox Cubhouse - 60' forest cyclorama

1995 *  Wild Animal Games - 100' tropical forest backdrops.  Four large,  animal backdrops.

1996  *  Glendale Studios - Interior Hawaii mural,  Exterior signage.

1996  * A & E - Ancient Mysteries "The Greatest Pharaohs" - Egyptian sets (<click to view)

1997  *  Fox Kids- painted cyclorama; set  painting

1998  *  College Jeopardy  (two 75 foot backdrops and painted props for the  Boston &  San Francisco shows )

2000  *  Traveling Jeopardy  (props, set)

2010 * "How I Met Your Mother" set for sitcom Fox Studios.

2011 * The Mentalist   Painted Door in Historic Home, featured in  episode 431


 Theater & Opera: sets for Giathiatrics

2001 * "Oliver Twist" set.  (<click to view) Pan Pacific Park.  Hand drawn at the Fireman's Museum in Hollywood.

2002 *  "Don Giovanni"  Opera Set  (<click to view)  -Royce Hall, Westwood California   

2002 *  "Front and Center" guest speaker Christopher Reeve--Granite Set

2003 *  Marbleized set for "Front and Center" guest star,  Natalie Cole

2005 *  "Trombone" set pieces for a one man show held at the Wilshire Ebel Theater, Los Angeles

2005 *  "Friedman Group"(<click to view) set design for a video shoot 

2006 * "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (<click to view) set painting and color elevation,  The Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2006 * "Dublin Carol" (<click to view>) set design color elevation, The  Alhecama Theater,  Santa Barbara, CA.

2006 *  "Hansel and Gretel" (<click to view) painted opera set, "Hansel and Gretel" El Portal Theater, North Hollywood

2006 *  "Man of La Mancha"  set painting, The Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2007 *  "The Diary of Anne Frank"  set  painting, The Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2007 *  "Hamlet"  set  painting,  ("Best Set Design Award) The Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2008 * " Bus Stop" set  painting for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2009 * "Who's Afraid of  Virginia Wolfe?" sets  Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2009 * "Fiddler on the Roof " Set  painting for  Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2010 * "Trying" Set  painting for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2010 * "Crimes of the Heart" Set Painting for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2011 * "Master Harold and the Boys"  Set Painting   Rubicon Theater

2011 * "Lonesome Traveler" Set Painting ,  Rubicon Theater /Laguna Theater

2012 * "Hello, My Baby" Set Painting, Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2013 * "Mystery of Irma Vep"  Set Painting, Falcon Theater,  Toluca Lake

2013 * "Midsummer's Night Dream" Set painting,  Forest backdrop, Calabasas High School.

2014 * "Young Frankenstein" set painting, Calabasas High School

2014 * "World Goes  Round"  Backdrop and set painting,  Rubicon Theater

2015 * "My Fair Lady" Marbleized staircase and painted floor  Rubicon Theater

2015 * "A Christmas Carol" wood-washed set for the Rubicon Theater, Ventura

2016 * "Who Shot Liberty Valance"- Western glazed wood- Rubicon Ventura

2016 *  "Constance Darrow "  Marbleized Floor and set pieces   Rubicon

 Art Exhibits and Awards:

1984 * "Windows 1" Aeolus Gallery, Los Angeles  1984

1985  * Del Mano Gallery, Brentwood  "Treasures" Exhibit

1988  * Beverly Hills Art Affaire Exhibit  (Ribbon Award)

1990,  1991  * Toluca Lake  Art Fair ( two 2nd Place ribbons)

1991  * Burbank Fine Arts Federation  (Award winner), Creative Arts Center

1991  * Polar Design" Beverly Hills- Group Exhibit  "A Human  Sensibility" One of my paintings was stolen: "The Grey Nexus."

1993 * Best of Show,  Burbank Art Association at the Coast National Bank   Multi-Media : "Neon Angel"

1993 * 1st  Place Award   Toluca Lake Art Fair - Judge's Committee  "The Jester"

1993 * "Paradox" Solo Exhibit at the Swan Fine Arts Gallery at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club

1994 * "Wild Animals" Exhibit by Four Painters.  Sales to benefit Tippi Hedren's Wildlife Refuge,  Swan Gallery Toluca Lake

2002  *  Fine Arts Federation  Award For "Angelfish"-  This Painting was also purchased by the gallery director of the Creative Arts Center, Burbank

2003   * Autry Museum of Heritage Award  won at the Burbank Art Association's Master's Exhibit for "Celestial Bodies #3".

2004 * "Myth & Magic"  A retrospective exhibit of 100 paintings,  and ceramic works of art, Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank

2005-6* Burbank Fine Arts Federation Annual Exhibition     

2007  *Burbank Art Association Honors Exhibit in October.  1st  Place Multi-Media for "Strawberry Fields" , given by Valley Frame and Molding

2008  *Burbank Art Association Honors Exhibit in November  1st Place Multi-Media Award for "Treasure", given by  Jack Richeson and Co.  also 1st Place Award for Abstract, "Untitled #2 ,  Jack Richeson and Co. Award.

2009  *Judge for the Santa Clarita Art Association's 20 year Classic Art  Showcase October 17,  2009.

2010  * Fine Arts Federation Annual," Fiesta of Art" - "Medicine Wheel"

2010 * Burbank Art Association Honor's exhibition, May,  Third-Place ribbon for "Art in America" a mixed-media assemblage.

2010 * Burbank Art Association Interim Group Exhibit "Land and Sea" August 21- through  Sept 30,  Glendale, CA.

2011 * Burbank Art Association,  Spring  Exhibit. Best of Show, Honor's Division for  "Sunface"-  a mixed-media piece.  May 21- June 25.

2012 *  Heart & Sol  Exhibition @ The Geo Gallery, Glendale, CA October 15th Through November 26th.  (Thanks  Burbank Times).

2012 * Burbank Art Association,  Fall Show.  First Place, Honor's Division for  "My Boots" Oil on canvas..  November 2-15.  Creative Art Center Gallery.  November 2-15.

2013 * Burbank Art Association, Spring Show.  First Place, Honor's Division for "Oriental Tree."  Honorable Mention for, "Avatar Rod" @ the Geo Gallery through May 18. 

2014 * Burbank Art Association, Fall show, Third Place Honor's Division for Oil  on canvas "Marilyn Monroe." Creative Arts Center Gallery. November 7 - 21.

2015 * Fine Arts Federation "Arti Gras" Exhibit.  March 6-26 , winner of the Brand Library Award for  mixed-media painting "Fooling Around." March 6-26  Creative Arts Center Gallery.

2015 * Burbank Art Association Fall Exhibit, Oct 30- Nov 12  Second Place Honor's Division  for Oil on canvas, "The Coral Reef" C A C Gallery.

2016 * Burbank Art Association Spring Exhibition   Best of Show   for  my "Pencil Portrait"  Geo Gallery Glendale CA  through  May 13th.

2017 * Burbank Art Association Spring Exhibition  First Place for "Masquerade" Geo Gallery Glendale CA



Music Video: sets

1992 * P.M. Dawn  Scenic backdrop for a music video

1993 *  Janet Jackson   Aged wall treatments for a music video set ("Again")

1994 * MTV's "Dead at 21"  Apocalypse Mural


 Interior Commissions

1991  *  Restoration - Palm Springs Plaza Theater -1st International Film Festival  Faux finishing, decorative painting

1992  *  Kayla Cosmetics Beauty Salon -  Beverly Hills - Faux finishing

1992  *  Pasadena  Playhouse Library - Historic restoration,  painting and glazing.

1993 * Water lily Mural   (<click to view), Decor Arts Building in Burbank, CA. (painted over)

1993  *  Art Carver's - antique carousel horses (‘93-’96)  Sample (<click to view>)

1994  *  Zodiac Mural  - Sidereal  School of Astrology, Hollywood, CA

1995  *  Actor Chaz Palminteri - Faux-finishing  home interior

1996  *  Actor Ed McMahon - Faux-finishing - restoration- home interior

1997  *  Shaker's Restaurant -  Pasadena - Arroyo Seco Bridge  - Mural

1998 -2000 *  Bullock's Wilshire Building - Interior historic restoration

2003 * Julian Dixon Courtroom - Bullock's Wilshire Building - SW Law University -cherry stain and glazed woods

2004 * "On Cue" (<click to view)  - Two paintings commissioned for BillyBob Thornton's pool room

2006 *  Restoration of the Portico "Spirit of Transportation" Mural  - Entrance Portico Foyer at the Bullocks Wilshire Building

2007 *  Portrait of Father Louis Brisson, - Founder of the Oblates of St. Francis.  Philadelphia, PA. 

2007 *  Portrait of Saint Francis De Sales  - Oblates of  Saint Francis, Philadelphia, PA.

2007 *  Mock Courtroom at Southwestern Law University - 4th floor cherry stain and glazed woods, Seward Construction

2008 *  Mock Courtroom at Southwestern Law University - 6th floor cherry stain and glazed woods, Gocke Construction

2009 * Wild Thyme Restaurant in South Pasadena, - Green strie faux-finish in powder room

2010 * Touch ups and repair of faux finish, Salle Moderne and the Tea Room at the Bullock's Wilshire Building

2011 * Harry Potter Party Backdrop - Painted with designer,  Lisa Lechuga