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Statement
With painting there are many aspects that capture the imagination and ignite a sense of wonder, in particular for me are the alchemical possibilities. Simple commonplace objects can take on greater significance, their humble presence perceived within a larger unknowable context. The objects represent themselves and yet so much more, the subject becomes a portal and we are transported to where beauty and meaning are encountered within. Through refining the process of working from life I hope to distil both observations and visceral sensations in my work, to create a little magic from out of the mundane.


Bio
Born 1969 in Devon and based near the City of Worcester, Alex studied Illustration at Falmouth School of Art. In addition to working freelance he was represented by a prominent illustration agency and created pop-surrealist art for the international poster market. With a focus on painting from life, his still lifes attempt to examine the character and physical presence of juxtaposed phenomena, celebrating nature, beauty and the more elusive, indefinable mysteries of everyday life.
Alex’s paintings have been selected for prestigious international juried exhibitions and competitions including the Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018. His work has scooped a few prizes along the way; most notably an Arcadia Contemporary Award from the 12th ARC Salon, and an Alfred Daniels Award from the Royal Society of British Artists 300th Exhibition in 2017. His work has appeared in a number of art publications and can be found in collections around the UK and abroad.


For enquiries email Alex at: info@alexcallaway.com




Open Exhibitions
Royal Society of Marine Artists 2017
Royal Society of British Artists 2016, 2017, 2018
Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2016, 2017
Royal West of England Academy 2016
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Prize 2015, 2016, 2017
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Portrait 2015
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, All Media 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Group Exhibitions
ARC Visions, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles 2017
Christmas Show, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2017
Metropolis, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2017
Love Art, Buy Art, Make Art, RBSA Tutors Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2017
Members and Associates Annual Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2016, 2017
Candidates for Full Membership Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2017
Candidates for Associateship Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2016
Summer Exhibition, Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Dundee 2016


Awards/Distinctions
2018 - Finalist, 13th International ARC Salon, still life category
2018 - Finalist, the Columbia Threadneedle Prize
2018 - Shortlisted, Artist of the Year 2018, Artists and Illustrators magazine
2017 - Finalist, The Artist Magazine (UK) Annual Competition and Exhibition
2017 - Alfred Daniels Award, Royal Society of British Artists 300th Exhibition
2017 - 2nd Prize Winner, International Artist Magazine Challenge No.97, Still Life
2016 - Finalist, International Artist Magazine Challenge No.96, Favourite Subjects
2016 - Arcadia Contemporary Award, 12th International ARC Salon
2016 - Finalist, 12th International ARC Salon, still life category
2016 - Highly Commended, Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition
2016 - Highly Commended, RBSA Open All Media Exhibition
2015 - Highly Commended, RBSA Friends Open Exhibition


Publications
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Summer Newsletter, Artists Profile 2017
12th International ARC Salon Catalog 2017
American Art Collector Magazine issue 137, 2017
International Artist Magazine issue 113, 2017
International Artist Magazine issue 112, 2016
The Art Book '96, ‘the definitive source book for quality illustration’, 1996


Press
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition review, Making a Mark 2017
Mall Galleries Exhibition Guide July-Dec, Featured Artist, 2017
On View: ARC Visions at Arcadia Contemporary, Underpaintings Magazine, 2017
ARC Visions at Arcadia Contemporary: A Fresh Take on Realism, Art and Cake, 2017
An Overview of Contemporary Still Life Painters, www.contemporarystilllife.com, 2017


Teaching
Workshops and demonstrations at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery


Professional Affiliations
Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)
Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master (ARCALM)