Colin McCallum

Colin McCallum

London, London, United Kingdom

About Colin McCallum

I studied at Camberwell School of Art London, at that time largely known for producing figurative painterly artists. However, I was influenced by abstract painters, and moved away from the figure. My art developed into large-scale painterly figurative based abstract painting, using oil on canvas, always more tonal than colourist.

Having always lived in London, the energy of a big city has soaked into my being and I began to move away from observational painting to using images from my experience and imagination rather than what was immediately in my field of vision.

I spent several years living and working in Barcelona, here my work began to take another direction, it was not a conscious decision, it just happened. In recent years I moved away from using oils to acrylics and began experimenting with a variety of paints, mostly interference and fluorescent, along with pens and sprays and creating my own stencils, the results pushed me further into another direction.

I had never considered myself a colourist, but as time has passed I have become increasingly more interested in colour and how pigments react with each other. Sometimes choosing to use pure colour from the tube, at other times mixing. The new materials allow me to combine complicated layers with intricate pen details or stencil work. Ultimately, they are not decorative, despite having elements of repeat pattern and motifs, the imagery is intended to offer an alternative reality, not identifiable but always present, lurking under the surface.

The city stimulates me in every way, its many layers and complexities which come into play in my imagery. The visual overload. I am interested in finding ways of translating this energy and chaos into a painting, which whilst being one flat surface, can also provide depth and dimension and optical excitement.

My art is executed by hand, by brush, by pouring or dragging paint, mark making, yet can appear digitally enhanced or manipulated. Technology is an influence because in contemporary life we are increasingly surrounded by it and reliant up on it. However, by choosing to use traditional mediums, such as paint on canvas, I am also reacting against technology to produce something unique, hand made and coming from within me.

I work in series, each one feeding off each other. I have a wide range of interests that often require a different technique, forcing me to adapt and experiment.

My work is collected in New York, Toronto, Singapore and Europe, both in private and corporate collections.


Born 1956, Glasgow, Scotland
BA (Hons) Degree, Fine Art (Painting), Camberwell School of Art, London

Art Foundation Course, Camberwell School of Art, London


Selected Exhibitions 1979 -2019

• Northern Young Contemporaries (prize winner and Granada TV purchase)
• The London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London
• 100 Artists in London, (group show)
• Art of the Urban Now, Small Mansion House Gallery, London
• Interiors, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne Sussex
• CSK Gallery, Eton, Windsor (solo exhibition)
• Whitechapel Open, Brick Lane, London
• Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
• Bruton Street Gallery, Mayfair, London (group show)
• Inaugural Exhibition, Corr Contemporary Art, London (group show)
• “The Motor Show” touring exhibition, group show
• Art at Institute of Physics, Portland Place, London
• Sala Gracia, Barcelona, one-man exhibition
• Tallers Oberts, organised by FAD, Cuitat Vella Barcelona
• Bicha Gallery, London, Christmas mixed exhibition
• Art Fairs: AAF Milan, Italy, Bristol, New York, Chicago IAF, Toronto IAF, Singapore, Belgium,
Stockholm, Battersea, London IAF, Hampstead, Hamburg, Hong Kong, The Hamptons NY, Seoul IAF,
Spectrum Miami, Art Expo New York, Naples Florida,
• Signals, new abstract paintings, solo exhibition 2012, Bicha Gallery London
• B&C, one-man exhibition 2014, Barcelona, Spain 2014
• UK Youth Art Auction, Boisdale Canary Wharf, London (artist donation for charity)
• Collaboration Station Art Event, Mutuo Gallery, Barcelona
• Piel Magazine launch, invited artist, Barcelona
• Feast of Fools, Addicted to Life, Poble Nou, Barcelona
• One man display at 88 Wood Street, EC1V, London to January 2016 – 6 month duration
• The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery London/ Victoria House, Bloomsbury
• Conexio Cromatica, two man exhibition 2016, ATL Gallery, Barcelona
• ArtRooms at Melia Hotel 2017, Great Portland Place, London
• Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, Spring edition, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
• City Art Austin, Texas, Steidel Fine Art
• Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, 2017
• Sentient Room, Arts Quarter, Folkestone Kent
• Spectrum Art Fair Maimi, Steidel Fine Art
• The British Are Coming, Steidel Fine Art, Wimberley, Texas
• Saatchi Art X Frame (Samsung collaboration) at London Design Festival Truman Brewery, London (featured in artist talk When Creativity meets Technology with Saatchi Chief curator, Rebecca Wilson)
• The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery October 2017
• 286 Gallery, Earls Court London, gallery artists group show, December 2017
• 347 The Arches, Hackney, London, pop up studio solo exhibition event, summer 2018
• The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art, Victoria House, Bloomsbury London, autumn 2018
• Metropolis – New paintings – solo exhibition, Lever Gallery, Clerkenwell, London, October 2018
• 286 Gallery, group exhibition, December 2018
• The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art, Truman Brewery London, Spring 2019
• Traces of the Real, 286 Gallery, Earls Court London, two-man exhibition with artist Roy Amiss, April 2019
• Arches 347 Studios, Hackney, Open Day, June 2019

Granada TV, Coopers and Lybrand, Deloitte and various private collections,
including Switzerland, New York, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Barcelona, Toronto, Paris, Sweden, Berlin,Singapore, Thailand and Brussels.