A recent graduate of Goldsmiths College, Callum is a painter of modern life. Using the painterly language of realism, Callum subverts our expectations of what an oil painting should, or indeed can be. His meticulous renderings of quotidian objects and members of his own community often leave expectations unfulfilled, unanswered and pose the question, “Why bother?” Yet Callum strives to unearth a raw clarity within everyday objects, celebrating the overlooked and disregarded aspects of life.
Since graduating, Callum has moved back to his hometown of Bath. This beautiful town has always attracted artists; most notably the great English portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough, who came to Bath in order to pursue his career. Callum has made this move for similar reasons, yet instead of painting the elite members of society as Gainsborough did, Callum paints the unrecognisable, yet irreplaceable people of his community.
Callum is also an avid skateboarder, a pastime that has shaped his view of the world around him. His impeccable eye demonstrated through his work, comes into use when scouring for spots to skate in the streets. This identification and elevation of the commonplace, which is so often invisible in this saturated modern world, is replicated in the way Callum approaches the subjects of his paintings.